Ara A. Kardashian, MD
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Ara A. Kardashian, MD

  • Gastroenterology
Average rating: 4.9
| 140 ratings
Encino Specialty Care | 15503 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 240, Encino, CA 91436


Dr. Kardashian joined the faculty the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases at UCLA in 2017. He earned his undergraduate degree in biomedical and electrical engineering from Duke University. After earning his medical degree from New York Medical College, he completed internship and residency in internal medicine at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He then went on to train in gastroenterology and hepatology at Scripps Clinic and Scripps Green Hospital in San Diego before joining UCLA.

His clinical interests include gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcer disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other functional gastrointestinal disorders, celiac disease, liver disease, pancreatic disease, colon cancer screening, colonoscopy and endoscopy.

Dr. Kardashian is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.


Patient Stories

From a Stage III colon cancer diagnosis to a cure, in a year




Medical Board Certifications

Gastroenterology, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2017
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2014


Gastroenterology, Scripps Clinic & Research, 2017


Internal Medicine, LAC + USC Medical Center, 2014


Internal Medicine, LAC + USC Medical Center, 2012


MD, New York Medical College, 2011


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San Fernando Valley

Encino Specialty Care

Cardiology| Cardiac Imaging| Allergy and Immunology +10 more specialties
San Fernando Valley

North Hollywood Specialty Care

Gastroenterology| Pain Medicine| Colon and Rectal Surgery

Specialty Surgical Center of Encino

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Medical Services


  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Centivo
  • Cigna
  • First Health
  • Health Net of California
  • Interplan (part of HealthSmart)
  • L.A. Care
  • MultiPlan
  • UFCM Health System
  • Prime Health Services
  • Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)
  • UnitedHealthcare

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