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Clinical Faculty


Chiefs

Gary Gitnick, MD
Co-Chief, Division of Digestive Diseases
Fran and Ray Stark Foundation Chair

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology, Hepatology

Contact

(310) 825-7501
 
Eric Esrailian, MD, MPH
Co-Chief, Division of Digestive Diseases
Lincy Foundation Chair in Clinical Gastroenterology

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology, Barrett's Esophagus, Bleeding Ulcer, Celiac Disease, Colon Cancer Screening, Enteroscopy, Foreign Body Removal, Functional Bowel Disease, General Gastroenterology, Hemorrhoid External, Hemorrhoid Internal, Hemostasis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Malabsorption, Polypectomy, Reflux, Ulcer Disease

Contact

(310) 208-5400
 

Faculty Members

Michael Albertson, MD

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and Biliary Tract Intervention, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Hepatology

Clinic Locations

UCLA Health Thousand Oaks
100 Moody Court #200, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

UCLA Health Westlake Village
1250 La Venta Drive #207, Westlake Village, CA 91361

Contact

(805) 418-3500 - Thousand Oaks
(805) 494-6920 - Westlake Village
 
Peter Anton, MD
Director, Mucosal Immunology Program
Director, Center for HIV Prevention
Director, Mentoring Program for Jr Faculty

Clinical Interests

AIDS, HIV, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
200 UCLA Medical Plaza #365C, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 825-1597
 
Simon Beaven, MD, PhD
Research and Medical Director, Center for Obesity and METabolic Health (COMET)

Clinical Interests

Hepatology, Fatty Liver, Metabolic Syndrome, Liver Fibrosis

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
Pfleger Liver Institute
200 UCLA Medical Plaza #214, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 794-7788
 
Sittiporn Bencharit, MD

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Santa Clarita
25775 McBean Parkway #214, Valencia, CA 91355

Contact

(661) 255-2420
 
Lin Chang, MD
Director, UCLA GI Fellowship Training Program
Co-director, Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience
Director, Digestive Health and Nutrition Clinic

Clinical Interests

Anorectal Manometry, Functional Bowel Disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Constipation, Fecal Incontinence, Functional Dyspepsia

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
Digestive Health and Nutrition Clinic
100 UCLA Medical Plaza #303, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 206-6279
 
Beverly Chen, MD

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology, Chronic Constipation, Colon Cancer Screening, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Women's Gastrointestinal Health

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Redondo Beach
514 N Prospect Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Contact

(310) 937-8555
 
Daniel D. Cho, MD

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology, Screening Colonoscopy

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Santa Monica
1223 16th Street #3100, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Contact

(310) 582-6240 - Santa Monica
 
Gina Choi, MD

Clinical Interests

Liver Transplantation, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Liver Cancer, Fatty Liver Disease, NASH, Autoimmune Hepatitis, Primary Biliary Cirrhosis, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
Pfleger Liver Institute
200 UCLA Medical Plaza #214, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 794-7788
 
Daniel Cole, MD, MPH

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology, Biliary, Bleeding Ulcer, Colon Cancer Screening , Esophageal Dilation, Foreign Body Removal, Functional Bowel Disease, Gallstone, Hemostasis, Hepatology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Mucosal Biopsy, Pancreas, Polypectomy, Reflux, Ulcer Disease

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Santa Monica
1223 16th Street #3100, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Contact

(310) 582-6240
 
Jeffrey L. Conklin, MD
Medical Director, UCLA Center for Esophageal Disorders
Director, Gastrointestinal Motor Function Laboratory

Clinical Interests

Anorectal Biofeedback, Anorectal Manometry, Barrett's Esophagus, Esophageal Dilation, Esophageal Motility, Gastroduodenal Manometry

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
100 UCLA Medical Plaza #205, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 208-5400
 
Lynn S. Connolly, MD, MSCR

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology, Anorectal Biofeedback, Anorectal Manometry, Barrett's Esophagus, Bleeding Ulcer, Celiac Disease, Chronic Constipation, Colon Cancer Screening, Esophageal Dilation, Esophageal Motility, Fecal Incontinence, Foreign Body Removal, Functional Bowel Disease, Hemorrhoids, Hemostasis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Malabsorption, Mucosal Biopsy, Polypectomy, Reflux, Ulcer Disease

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Santa Monica
1223 16th Street #3100, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Contact

(310) 582-6240
 
Francisco Durazo, MD
Chief of Transpland Hepatology, Department of Surgery Liver and Pancreas Transplant Division

Clinical Interests

Biliary, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography, Hepatology, Liver Biopsy, Pancreaticobiliary

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
Pfleger Liver Institute
200 UCLA Medical Plaza #214, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 794-5970
 
Mohamed El Kabany, MD

Clinical Interests

Hepatology, Liver Biopsy

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
Pfleger Liver Institute
200 UCLA Medical Plaza #214, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 794-7788
 
Mary Farid, DO

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology, Bleeding Ulcer, Celiac Disease, Colon Cancer Screening, Esophageal Disorders, Foreign Body Removal, Functional Bowel Disease eg. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gallstones, Hemorrhoids, Hemostasis, Hepatology, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Polypectomy and Ulcer Disease

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Santa Monica
1223 16th Street #3100, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Contact

(310) 582-6240
 
Terri Getzug, MD

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology, Celiac Disease, Esophageal Motility, Hepatology, IBD, Malabsorption, Reflux, Ulcer Disease, Colon Cancer Screening , Enteroscopy, Familial Mediterranean Fever, Functional Bowel Disease, Mucosal Biopsy, Polypectomy

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
Digestive Health and Nutrition Clinic
100 UCLA Medical Plaza #303, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 206-4205
 
Kevin Ghassemi, MD
Director, Clinical Programs for the Center for Esophageal Disorders

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology, Barrett's Esophagus, Bleeding Ulcer, Celiac Disease, Colon Cancer Screening, Esophageal Dilation, Esophageal Motility, Foreign Body Removal, Functional Bowel Disease, Hemorrhoid Internal, Hemostasis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Malabsorption, Mucosal Biopsy, Polypectomy, Reflux, Ulcer Disease

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
100 UCLA Medical Plaza #205, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 208-5400
 
Christina Ha, MD
Associate Director, Clinical Affairs, UCLA Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Clinical Interests

Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Colon Cancer Screening, Endoscopy

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
100 UCLA Medical Plaza #205, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(855) IBD-UCLA, (855) 423-8252
ibdcenter@mednet.ucla.edu
 
Maggie Ham, MD

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology with Expertise in Women's Health, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD), Colorectal Cancer Screening, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Fecal Incontinence, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Peptic Ulcer Disease, Celiac Disease and Liver Diseases

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Porter Ranch
19950 Rinaldi Street #300, Porter Ranch, CA 91326

Contact

(818) 271-2400
 
Steven Han, MD
Director, Hepatology Clinical Research Center Assistant Director, UCLA Asian Liver Center

Clinical Interests

Clinical Trials, Hepatology, Liver Biopsy

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
Pfleger Liver Institute
200 UCLA Medical Plaza #214, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 794-5970 Transplant Services
(310) 206-1655 Asian Liver Program
 
Wendy Ho, MD, MPH

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology, Barrett's Esophagus, Celiac Disease, Colon Cancer Screening , Endoscopy, Enteroscopy, Esophageal Motility, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Malabsorption, Mucosal Biopsy, Reflux, Ulcer Disease

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
100 UCLA Medical Plaza #205, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 206-6279
 
Daniel Hollander, MD

Clinical Interests

Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Malabsorption, Ulcerative Colitis

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
100 UCLA Medical Plaza #205, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(855) IBD-UCLA, (855) 423-8252
ibdcenter@mednet.ucla.edu
 
Daniel Hommes, MD, PhD
Director: Clinical Care & Clinical Research, UCLA Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Director, Quality Initiative Program

Clinical Interests

Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
100 UCLA Medical Plaza #205, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(855) IBD-UCLA, (855) 423-8252
ibdcenter@mednet.ucla.edu
 
Michael C. Jean, MD

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Santa Clarita
25775 McBean Parkway #214, Valencia, CA 91355

Contact

(661) 255-2420
 
Dennis Jensen, MD
Director, Hemostasis Program

Clinical Interests

Colon Cancer Screening , Enteroscopy, Hemorrhoid Internal, Hemostasis, Polypectomy, Reflux

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
200 UCLA Medical Plaza #365C, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 825-1597
 
Rome Jutabha, MD

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology, Barrett's Esophagus, Bleeding Ulcer, Capsule Endoscopy, Celiac Disease, Clinical Trials, Colon Cancer Screening , Enteroscopy, Esophageal Dilation, Foreign Body Removal, Hemorrhoid External, Hemorrhoid Internal, Hemostasis, Laser, Malabsorption, Mucosal Biopsy, Pancreaticobiliary Disease, Reflux, Ulcer Disease

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
200 UCLA Medical Plaza #365C, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 206-6279
 
Marc Kaneshiro, MD

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology, Esophageal Disorders, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases including Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease, Celiac Disease, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Colon Cancer Screening

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
100 UCLA Medical Plaza #205, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 208-5400
 
Rajinder Kaushal, MD

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Santa Clarita
25775 McBean Parkway #214, Valencia, CA 91355

Contact

(661) 255-2420
 
Stephen Kim, MD
Interventional Endoscopy

Clinical Interests

Barrett’s Esophagus, Biliary Strictures, Cholangiocarcinoma, Chromoendoscopy, Confocal Laser Endomicroscopy, Deep Enteroscopy, Endoluminal Stenting, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR), Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) with Fine Needle Aspiration, Enteral Access (PEG, PEG-J), Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), Gastric Dysplasia, Large Colon Polyp Removal, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Cysts, Pancreatitis, Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction, Staging of Gastrointestinal Cancers

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
100 UCLA Medical Plaza #205, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 267-3636
 
Thomas Kovacs, MD
Director, Esophageal Physiology Program for the Center for Esophageal Disorders

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology, Colon Cancer Screening , Hemostasis, Reflux, Ulcer Disease

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
Digestive Health and Nutrition Clinic
100 UCLA Medical Plaza #303, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 206-6279
 
Emeran Mayer, MD, PhD
Director, Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience
Co-Director, CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center

Clinical Interests

Visceral Pain, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome, Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
Digestive Health and Nutrition Clinic
100 UCLA Medical Plaza #303, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 206-6279
 
Melissa A. Munsell, MD

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology, chronic constipation, functional bowel disorders, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel diseases including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, esophageal diseases, fecal incontinence, women's gastrointestinal health, colorectal cancer screening and liver disease.

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Redondo Beach
514 North Prospect Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Contact

(310) 937-8555
 
V. Raman Muthusamy, MD
Director, Interventional and General Endoscopy

Clinical Interests

Barrett's Esophagus, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Biliary Disorder, Bleeding Ulcer, Cholangiopancreatography, Colon Cancer Screening , Endoscopic Ablation, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), Endoscopy, Enteroscopy, Esophageal Dilation, Foreign Body Removal, Hemostasis, Hepatobiliary, Interventional Endoscopy, Laser, Mediastinal Endoscopic Ultrasound, Mucosal Biopsy, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Cysts, Pancreatic Disease, Pancreatitis, Pancreaticobiliary Disease, Polypectomy, Reflux, Ulcer Disease

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
200 UCLA Medical Plaza #365C, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 267-3636 Referral Line
(310) 206-0007 Fax
 
Hamed Nayeb-Hashemi, MD

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology, Liver Diseases, Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease (GERD), Peptic Ulcer Disease, Fecal Incontinence and Perianal Complaints, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD), Colorectal Cancer Screening and Celiac Disease

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Thousand Oaks
100 Moody Court #200, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Contact

(805) 418-3500
 
Mark Ovsiowitz, MD
Lead Physician, UCLA Santa Monica GI Practice

Clinical Interests

Anorectal Biofeedback, Anorectal Manometry, Barrett's Esophagus, Bleeding Ulcer, Celiac Disease, Colon Cancer Screening , Enteroscopy, Esophageal Dilation, Esophageal Motility, Foreign Body Removal, Functional Bowel Disease, General Gastroenterology, Hemostasis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Malabsorption, Mucosal Biopsy, Pancreaticobiliary Disease, Polypectomy, Reflux, Ulcer Disease

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Santa Monica
1223 16th Street #3100, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Contact

(310) 582-6240
 
Vikas Pabby, MD, MPH

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Barrett's Esophagus, Celiac Disease, Colon Cancer Screening , Endoscopy, Fatty Liver, Foreign Body Removal, Functional Bowel Disease, GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), Hepatology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Pancreatic Disease, Pancreatitis, Ulcer Disease

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Porter Ranch
19950 Rinaldi St #300, Porter Ranch, CA 91326

UCLA Health Santa Clarita
25775 McBean Parkway #214, Valencia, CA 91355

Contact

(818) 271-2400 - Porter Ranch
(661) 255-2420 - Santa Clarita/Valencia
 
Michael G. Quon, MD

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology

Clinic Location

UCLA Santa Clarita
25775 McBean Parkway #214, Valencia, CA 91355

Contact

(661) 255-2420
 
Bennett Roth, MD
Director, Educational Programs and Associate Director, General Endoscopy

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology, Barrett's Esophagus, Biliary, Bleeding Ulcer, Celiac Disease, Colon Cancer Screening , Enteroscopy, Esophageal Dilation, Esophageal Motility, Foreign Body Removal, Functional Bowel Disease, Gallstone, Gastroduodenal Manometry, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Malabsorption, Mucosal Biopsy, Pancreas, Pancreaticobiliary Disease, Polypectomy, Reflux, Ulcer Disease

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
Digestive Health and Nutrition Clinic
100 UCLA Medical Plaza #303, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 825-1597
 
Sammy Saab, MD, MPH

Clinical Interests

Hepatology, Liver Biopsy

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
Pfleger Liver Institute
200 UCLA Medical Plaza #214, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 206-6705
 
Claudia P. Sanmiguel, MD

Clinical Interests

Anorectal Biofeedback, Anorectal Manometry, Barrett's Esophagus, Esophageal Dilation, Esophageal Motility, Gastroduodenal Manometry

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
100 UCLA Medical Plaza #205, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 208-5400
 
Alireza Sedarat, MD
Interventional Endoscopy

Clinical Interests

Barrett's Esophagus, Biliary Disorder, Bleeding Ulcer, Cholangiopancreatography, Endoscopic Ablation, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), Endoscopic Ultrasound, Endoscopy, Enteroscopy, Esophageal Dilation, Foreign Body Removal, Gallstone, Hemostasis, Hepatobiliary, Interventional Endoscopy, Laser, Mediastinal Endoscopic Ultrasound, Mucosal Biopsy, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Cysts, Pancreatic Disease, Pancreatitis, Pancreaticobiliary Disease, Polypectomy, Reflux, Ulcer Disease

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Santa Monica
1223 16th Street #3100, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Contact

(310) 267-3636 Referral Line
(310) 206-0007 Fax
 
Rimma Shaposhnikov, MD

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology, Barrett's Esophagus, Bleeding Ulcer, Capsule Endoscopy, Celiac Disease, Colon Cancer Screening , Endoscopy, Enteroscopy, Esophageal Dilation, Fatty Liver, Foreign Body Removal, Functional Bowel Disease, GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), Hemostasis, Hepatology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westlake Village
1250 La Venta Drive #207, Westlake Village, CA 91361

Contact

(805) 494-6920
 
Kirsten Tillisch, MD

Clinical Interests

General Gastroenterology, Anorectal Biofeedback, Anorectal Manometry, Colon Cancer Screening, Enteroscopy, Functional Bowel Disease

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
Digestive Health and Nutrition Clinic
100 UCLA Medical Plaza #303, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 206-6279
 
Myron Tong, MD
Director, Hepatology Program, UCLA Medical Center Westwood

Clinical Interests

Hepatobiliary, Liver Transplant

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
Pfleger Liver Institute
200 UCLA Medical Plaza #214, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 825-1597, Gastroenterology Clinic
(310) 206-1655, Asian Liver Center
 
Rabindra Watson, MD
Director of Faculty Career Development in Advanced Endoscopy

Clinical Interests

Endoscopic Treatment for Obesity, Endoscopic Treatment of Weight Regain Following Bariatric Surgery, Barrett's Esophagus, Biliary Disorder, Bleeding Ulcer, Cholangiopancreatography, Endoscopic Ablation, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), Endoscopic Ultrasound, Endoscopy, Enteroscopy, Esophageal Dilation, Foreign Body Removal, Gallstone, Hemostasis, Hepatobiliary, Interventional Endoscopy, Laser, Mediastinal Endoscopic Ultrasound, Mucosal Biopsy, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Cysts, Pancreatic Disease, Pancreatitis, Pancreaticobiliary Disease, Polypectomy, Reflux, Ulcer Disease

Clinic Location

UCLA Health Westwood
200 UCLA Medical Plaza #365C, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact

(310) 267-3636 Referral Line
(310) 206-0007 Fax
 

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