Dr. Thaker is a member of the UCLA interventional endoscopy service. His clinical practice and research focus on the use of the latest endoscopic technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. He has specialized training in eradication therapies (including radiofrequency ablation) for Barrett's esophagus and early esophageal cancer; stricture dilation; endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP); cholangioscopy; endoluminal stent placement; deep enteroscopy/balloon enteroscopy; endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) of large polyps; endoscopic suturing, fistula and leak closure; endoscopic weight loss therapies; and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) for cancer staging, fine needle aspiration and biopsy and interventional procedures (such as bile duct access or rendezvous procedures, pancreatic pseudocyst drainage, pancreatic necrosectomy, fiducial placement and celiac plexus neurolysis).
In addition, Dr. Thaker has recently focused on eliminating endoscope-related infections to improve patient safety.
Dr. Thaker completed his undergraduate training in chemical engineering at UCLA before attending medical school at New York Medical College. He completed his internal medicine residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston, followed by gastroenterology fellowship and advanced endoscopy fellowship training at UCLA. In additional to performing procedures at UCLA's campuses in Westwood and Santa Monica, Dr. Thaker will be providing advanced procedures in other Southern California locations.
Dr. Thaker is board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine. He has published several research studies, literature reviews and a textbook chapter related to the endoscopic management of complex gastrointestinal diseases, anesthesia safety during endoscopy and preventing infections related to endoscopic instruments. He is a member of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). He also serves on the committee for the AGA's Center for GI Innovation and Technology (CGIT), which supports innovation and the development of new technologies for use in gastroenterology, hepatology, nutrition and obesity management.