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Ara Sahakian, MD

TitleAssistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentMedicine
AddressHCC 300G 1510 San Pablo Street
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089
Phone+1 323 442 5576
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    2008Internal Medicine
    2012Gastroenterology
    Yale-New Haven Hospital2012Samuel Kushlan Award for Outstanding Clinical Fellow

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    Dr. Sahakian is a board certified gastroenterologist with specialized training in advanced endoscopic techniques and medical treatment of complex biliary and pancreatic disorders. He completed his gastroenterology fellowship at Yale University, where he was awarded the Samuel Kushlan Award in 2012 as the most outstanding fellow of his class. After his gastroenterology fellowship, Dr. Sahakian spent an additional year at Yale to complete his advanced endoscopy fellowship. During this time he trained with renowned experts in the field, gaining extensive experience in advanced endoscopic procedures, such as endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), undoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR).

    Dr. Sahakian also has a special interest in endoscopic removal of mucosal tumors of the GI tract. He spent one month at the National Cancer Center in Japan to acquire specialized training in Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR) and Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD), an exciting new technique used to remove large superficial gastrointestinal tumors all in one piece. His research interests include quality and training in endoscopic procedures, evaluation and resection of large colon polyps, and maximizing the efficiency of EUS guided fine needle aspiration. Dr. Sahakian has also authored the chapter on ERCP in pregnancy in a prominent ERCP textbook and has published several peer-reviewed research papers in well-known journals.


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    1. Sahakian A, Aslanian HR. Endoscopic submucosal dissection for resection of submucosal tumors of the colon and rectum: Within reach, or the edge of tomorrow? Gastrointest Endosc. 2018 02; 87(2):549-551. PMID: 29406933.
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    2. Cho J, Sahakian A. Endoscopic Closure of Gastrointestinal Fistulae and Leaks. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2018 Apr; 28(2):233-249. PMID: 29519335.
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    3. Buxbaum J, Sahakian A, Ko C, Jayaram P, Lane C, Yu CY, Kankotia R, Laine L. Randomized trial of cholangioscopy-guided laser lithotripsy versus conventional therapy for large bile duct stones (with videos). Gastrointest Endosc. 2018 Apr; 87(4):1050-1060. PMID: 28866457.
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    4. Sahakian A, Jayaram P, Marx MV, Matsushima K, Park C, Buxbaum JL. Metallic coil and N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate for closure of pancreatic duct leak (with video). Gastrointest Endosc. 2018 Apr; 87(4):1122-1125. PMID: 28843585.
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    5. Hou LA, Laine L, Motamedi N, Sahakian A, Lane C, Buxbaum J. Optimal Timing of Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography in Acute Cholangitis. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2017 Jul; 51(6):534-538. PMID: 27875357.
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    6. Buxbaum JL, Hormozdi D, Dinis-Ribeiro M, Lane C, Dias-Silva D, Sahakian A, Jayaram P, Pimentel-Nunes P, Shue D, Pepper M, Cho D, Laine L. Narrow-band imaging versus white light versus mapping biopsy for gastric intestinal metaplasia: a prospective blinded trial. Gastrointest Endosc. 2017 Nov; 86(5):857-865. PMID: 28366441.
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    7. Buxbaum J, Leonor P, Tung J, Lane C, Sahakian A, Laine L. Randomized Trial of Endoscopist-Controlled vs. Assistant-Controlled Wire-Guided Cannulation of the Bile Duct. Am J Gastroenterol. 2016 Dec; 111(12):1841-1847. PMID: 27377519.
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    8. Sahakian A, Laine L, Jamidar PA, Siddiqui UD, Duffy A, Ciarleglio MM, Deng Y, Nagar A, Aslanian HR. Can a Computerized Simulator Assess Skill Level and Improvement in Performance of ERCP? Dig Dis Sci. 2016 Mar; 61(3):722-30. PMID: 26572779.
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    9. Muniraj T, Sahakian A, Ciarleglio MM, Deng Y, Aslanian HR. Cold snare polypectomy for large sessile colonic polyps: a single-center experience. Gastroenterol Res Pract. 2015; 2015:175959. PMID: 25878658; PMCID: PMC4387686.
    10. Sahakian A, Buxbaum JL, Van Dam J. Prevention and management of post-ERCP pancreatitis. JOP. 2014 Nov 28; 15(6):544-51. PMID: 25435569.
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    11. Sahakian A, Aslanian HR, Mehra M, Rossi F, Laine L, Sanchez M, Ciarleglio MM, Adimoolam V, Siddiqui UD. The utility of esophagogastroduodenoscopy before endoscopic ultrasonography in patients undergoing endoscopic ultrasonography for pancreatico-biliary and mediastinal indications. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2013 Nov-Dec; 47(10):857-60. PMID: 23632349.
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    12. Sahakian A, Jamidar PA. Endoscopic biopsy and predictors of malignancy in ampullary adenomas: once bitten, twice shy? J Clin Gastroenterol. 2013 Apr; 47(4):296-7. PMID: 23426448.
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    13. Sahakian A, Krishnamoorthy S, Taddei TH. Necrotizing pancreatitis complicated by fistula and upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2011 Jul; 9(7):e66-7. PMID: 21296188.
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    14. Sahakian A, Jee SR, Pimentel M. Methane and the gastrointestinal tract. Dig Dis Sci. 2010 Aug; 55(8):2135-43. PMID: 19830557.
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    15. Hwang L, Low K, Khoshini R, Melmed G, Sahakian A, Makhani M, Pokkunuri V, Pimentel M. Evaluating breath methane as a diagnostic test for constipation-predominant IBS. Dig Dis Sci. 2010 Feb; 55(2):398-403. PMID: 19294509.
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    16. Pimentel M, Hwang L, Melmed GY, Low K, Vasiliauskas E, Ippoliti A, Yang J, Lezcano S, Conklin JL, Sahakian A. New clinical method for distinguishing D-IBS from other gastrointestinal conditions causing diarrhea: the LA/IBS diagnostic strategy. Dig Dis Sci. 2010 Jan; 55(1):145-9. PMID: 19169820.
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    17. Sahakian A, Frishman WH. Humor and the cardiovascular system. Altern Ther Health Med. 2007 Jul-Aug; 13(4):56-8. PMID: 17658123.
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