Ara Sahakian

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Ara Sahakian

Areas of treatment:

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)
Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD)
Bile duct stones and strictures
Cholangioscopy and laser lithotripsy
Pancreatic duct stones
Chronic pancreatitis
Pancreatic cysts and tumors
Endoscopic cystgastrostomy
Barrett's esophagus
Radiofrequency ablation
Gastrointestinal tumors
Removal of large colon polyps


  • Gastroenterology


  • Department of Medicine

Ara Sahakian, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • USC Healthcare Center 2

About this doctor:

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.


University of California San Diego, CA, B.S., Biochemistry and Cell Biology, 2000

New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY, M.D., 2005


Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: Internal Medicine, 2005-2006


Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: Internal Medicine, 2006-2008


Yale University: Gastroenterology, 2009-2012
Yale University: Advanced Endoscopy, 2012-2013


Internal Medicine 2008
Gastroenterology 2012

Professional society memberships:

American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), 2009-current
American Gastroenterology Associaction (AGA), 2009-current
American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), 2009-current


Internal Medicine 2008
Gastroenterology 2012
Samuel Kushlan Award for Outstanding Clinical Fellow, Yale-New Haven Hospital, 2012