Sammy Saab, MD, AGAF, MPH

Sammy Saab, MD, AGAF, MPH

Transplant Hepatology
Accepting new patients
Primary Location
Pfleger Liver Institute
200 Medical Plaza
Suite 214
Los Angeles, California 90095


  • Medical Director, Pfleger Liver Institute
  • Medical Director, Adult Liver Transplant Program
  • Chief, Transplant Hepatology
  • Head, Outcomes Research in Hepatology

Dr. Saab is a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and an adjunct professor of nursing at the UCLA School of Nursing. He is currently the medical director of the UCLA Adult Liver Transplant Program, medical director of the Pfleger Liver Institute, and the chief of Transplant Hepatology. Dr. Saab is also the head of Outcomes Research in Hepatology. He has been on the faculty at UCLA for over two decades.  

Dr. Saab received his BS, MD and MPH degrees from UCLA. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California at San Diego Medical Center and a fellowship in gastroenterology/hepatology at the UCLA Center for Health Sciences. Dr. Saab is board eligible in gastroenterology and internal medicine, and board certified in transplant hepatology. He has received honorary fellowships from the American Gastroenterology Association (AGAF), American College of Gastroenterology (FACG) and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (FAASLD).

Dr. Saab serves on many local, national and international committees. He is on board of directors for several liver-oriented foundations such as the American Liver Foundation, Liver Wellness Foundation and the Chronic Liver Disease Foundation. Dr. Saab has been an investigator in multiple clinical trials and is a frequently invited speaker worldwide. Dr. Saab originated and leads a popular annual patient education seminar and is co-chair of the Annual UCLA Liver Diseases Symposium for health care professionals. He has mentored many college and medical students, as well as medical residents and fellows in gastroenterology.

Dr. Saab has published nearly 350 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He has authored numerous book chapters, editorials and abstracts. On the editorial board of over a dozen journals, Dr. Saab is the associate editor for the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, Digestive Medicine Research (DMR), and Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology.


Spanish, English



Gastroenterology, UCLA School of Medicine, 2000


Internal Medicine, UCSD Department of Medicine, 1997


Internal Medicine, UCSD Department of Medicine, 1994


MD, UCLA School of Medicine, 1993



West Los Angeles

Pfleger Liver Institute

Liver Transplant Surgery| Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery| Pediatric Liver Transplant Surgery +1 more specialty

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Areas of Focus

Non alcoholic steatohepatitis
Hepatitis c
Hepatic encephalopathy
Fatty liver
Liver cancer


Evaluation of abnormal liver tests in patients with COVID-19 infection
Alcoholic hepatitis
Liver disorders: Hepatitis C
Liver Disorders: Challenging Patient Cases |. UCLA Digestive Diseases
Eliminating hepatitis C: From diagnosis to cure
Hepatitis C: Vanishing disease?
Viral hepatitis: A new dawn of therapy
Treatment of hepatitis C
Hepatitis C: New therapeutic paradigms



  • Liver transplantation
  • Cirrhosis
  • Chronic hepatitis C


  • Best Doctors™ in America – 2021, 2020, 2019
  • Super Doctors™ Southern California – 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017