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Ahmet Omur Gurakar, M.D.

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Medical Director, Liver Transplantation

Associate Professor of Medicine


Languages: English, Turkish

Expertise: 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 more

Research Interests: Acute Liver Failure and Artificial Liver support systems

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center


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. Dr. Gurakar is board-certified in gastroenterology and transplant hepatology. more


  • Medical Director, Liver Transplantation
  • Associate Professor of Medicine



  • MD, University of Istanbul (1983)


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


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

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

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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