Adarsh M. Thaker, MD

Adarsh M. Thaker, MD

Gastroenterology
Primary Location
North Hollywood Specialty Care
4343 Lankershim Boulevard
Suite 200
North Hollywood, California 91602
Phone
Fax
818-843-9048

About

Dr. Thaker is an advanced endoscopist with a particular interest in bariatric and metabolic endoscopy as well as other minimally invasive endoscopic procedures which help fill the gap between medical management and traditional surgery. He is co-leading the bariatric endoscopy program at UCLA, which is now among the busiest endoscopic weight loss centers on the west coast. He frequently coordinates with a multidisciplinary team in the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition and the Center for Obesity and METabolic Health (COMET). Dr. Thaker performs endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) for weight loss as well as gastric revision procedures, such as transoral outlet reduction (TORe) and sleeve revision, for patients who have regained weight after prior gastric surgery. He also performs the transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) procedure, which is a minimally invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of acid reflux.

In addition, Dr. Thaker has specialized training in other advanced therapies, including endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) of large polyps; radiofrequency ablation for Barrett's esophagus and early esophageal cancer; stricture dilation; endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP); cholangioscopy; endoluminal stent placement; single and double-balloon enteroscopy; endoscopic suturing, fistula and leak closure; and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) for cancer staging, fine needle aspiration/biopsy, EUS-guided gallbladder drainage, and other interventions.

 

Dr. Thaker is board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine. Dr. Thaker's research has focused on eliminating endoscope-related infections to improve patient safety, helping to develop and implement the use of the world's first available disposable duodenoscope. He has published several research studies, literature reviews, editorials, and a textbook chapter related to the endoscopic management of complex gastrointestinal diseases, anesthesia safety during endoscopy, and preventing infections related to endoscopic instruments.

Dr. Thaker serves on the national committee for the American Gastroenterological Association's (AGA) 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. He is also co-chair of the AGAs educational program on Innovations in Duodenoscopes. He 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 a gastroenterology fellowship and advanced endoscopy fellowship training at UCLA. In additional to performing procedures at UCLA Health campuses in Westwood and Santa Monica, Dr. Thaker performs advanced procedures in other Southern California locations.

Education

Medical Board Certifications

Gastroenterology, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2018
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2015

Fellowship

UCLA School of Medicine, 2018

Residency

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 2015

Degree

New York Medical College, MD, 2012

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Videos

New alternatives to surgery for weight loss | Endoscopic procedures
Barrett's esophagus: Link between acid reflux and esophageal cancer
Endo-hepatology for patients with liver diseases
Endoscopy video forum
Pancreaticobiliary disease: The management of hilar cholangiocarcinoma
Pancreaticobiliary disease: ERCP
Endoscopy video forum

Research

Interests

  • Bariatric and metabolic endoscopic therapies
  • Barrett's esophagus
  • Eliminating endoscope-related infections
  • Large polyp resection
  • Pancreas and bile duct disorders
  • Treatments for gastroinestinal bleeding

Awards

  • Super Doctors® Southern California Rising Stars - 2022, 2021