Ahmet Omur Gurakar, M.D.

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  • Medical Director, Liver Transplantation
  • Professor of Medicine

Languages: English, Turkish


Clinical Gastroenterology, Digestive Disorders, Elevated Liver Tests, End Stage Liver Disease, Fatty Liver, Gastroenterology, Hepatitis, Jaundice, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Liver Mass, Liver Test Abnormalities, Liver Transplant, Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Sclerosing Cholangitis ...read more

Research Interests

Acute Liver Failure and Artificial Liver support systems ...read more

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center (now called Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D., Outpatient Center)

Appointment Phone: 410-614-2989
601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-2989


Dr. Gurakar joined Johns Hopkins from the Nazih Zuhdi Transplantation Institute at the Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where he was the chief of Hepatology Research and the program director of the Liver Transplantation Medicine/ Hepatology Fellowship. He served at various capacities in the Liver Medicine Section, since its first establishment in 1993. 

Dr. Gurakar's clinical interests include pre and post-transplant, clinical and endoscopic management of liver diseases and viral hepatitis. His research interests include bioartificial liver dialysis systems and application of total plasma exchange in the treatment of liver disorders.

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  • Medical Director, Liver Transplantation
  • Professor of Medicine

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Centers & Institutes



  • MD; University of Istanbul (1983)


  • Internal Medicine; Metropolitan Hospital Center - New York Medical College (1991)
  • Pediatrics; New York University Medical Center (1989)


  • Gastroenterology; University of Amsterdam - Academic Medical Center (1997)
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (1993)
  • Gastroenterology; University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine (1994)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Transplant Hepatology) (2017)

Research & Publications


Lab Website: Ahmet Gurakar Lab

Selected Publications

Wright H, Sharma S, Gurakar A, Sebastian A, Kohli V, Jabbour N. Management of biliary stricture guided by the Spyglass Direct Visualization System guided in a liver transplant recipient: An innovative approach.Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 2008 Jun; 67(7):1201-3.

C. Camci, A.Gurakar, V. Kohli, S. Sharma, N. Jabbour. Unusual Presentation of Recurrent Hepatocellular Carcinoma as Obstructive Jaundice 15 Years after Liver Transplant. Experimental and Clinical Transplantation.(2007) 2:631-633.

Sharma S, Gurakar A, Jabbour N. Biliary strictures following liver transplantation: past, present and preventive strategies. Liver Transplantation. 2008 Jun;14(6):759-69.

S. Sharma, A. Gurakar, N. Jabbour. Avoiding pitfalls - What an Endoscopist should know in Liver Transplantation -Part 1. Digestive Diseases and Sciences. Dig Dis Sci. 2008 Jul;53(7):1757-73.

Activities & Honors


  • Top Doctor, Baltimore Magazine, 2018 - 2018
  • Top Doctor, Baltimore Magazine, 2019 - 2019
  • Top Doctor, Baltimore Magazine, 2020 - 2020

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Live-Donor Liver Transplants: Back in Business, Inside Tract (Spring 2015)

Johns Hopkins Among First to Transplant HCV-Positive Livers Into HCV-Negative Patients, Inside Tract, (Winter, 2019)

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