Meet Dr. Elias Tarakji

Patient Philosophy

Dr. Tarakji thrives to deliver the highest quality of digestive disease care to his patients in the most comfortable patient centered environment. He is focused on educating his patients and their families about their digestive health conditions and guiding them through diagnosis and treatment plans that often include endoscopy as well as dietary and lifestyle modifications.

Specialties and Services

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (Colonoscopy, Upper Endoscopy)

Colon Cancer Screening

Interventional Biliary Endoscopy (ERCP)

Hemorrhoidal Banding

Professional Affiliations

Fellow of American College of Gastroenterology

Member of American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

About Dr. Tarakji

Dr. Tarakji is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He received his residency, chief residency, and fellowship training at Wayne State University, School of Medicine and The Detroit Medical Center. He has been practicing Gastroenterology since 1996. He has a special interest in advanced endoscopic procedures and screening colonoscopy. He is highly experienced in treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), swallowing problems, ulcer disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and biliary disorders. He is particularly interested in early detection and prevention of colon cancer by screening colonoscopy and polyp removal.

Dr. Tarakji is the Medical Director of Valley Digestive Health Center, our endoscopy center in Arcadia. He chaired the Gastroenterology Section and the Department of Medicine at Arcadia Methodist Hospital. He is currently the Secretary Treasurer of Medical Staff at Methodist Hospital.

Dr. Tarakji sees his patients at two convenient locations in Arcadia and Glendora and performs his endoscopic procedures at Valley Digestive Health Center in Arcadia and Arcadia Methodist Hospital, both highly recognized facilities for delivering excellence in healthcare.

Professional Publications

Jamie Ramos, Dorothy E. Dean, Elias Tarakji, Jeremy Rich: Impacted Foreign Body in the Sigmoid Colon Presenting as Recurrent Diverticulitis. Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology.(2011) 4:104-107

M.G. Nathani, E.A. Tarakji, M.G. Mutchnick, P. Naylor: Immune-Endocrine Interactions, Thymosin a1 Reversal Of Dexamethasone Induced DNA Fragmentation And Effect On Cell Death. Abstract, 79th Annual Meeting of The Endocrine Society

Christopher Kellogg, Elias Tarakji, Mitchell Smith, Patricia Brown: Bacteremia and Suppurative Lymphadenitis Caused By Yersinia Enterocolitica In A Neutropenic Patient Who Prepared Chitterlings. Clinical infectious Disease

John Ebright, Elias Tarakji, James Brown, James Sunstrum: Multiple Bilateral Lung Cavities Caused By Legionella Pneumophila: A Case Report And A Review Of The Literature. Infectious Disease In Clinical Practice. 1993;3:1996-6

E.A. Tarakji, Mitchell Smith, M.G. Mutchnick, R. Nath, D.M. Sasaki, S.P. Gaddam, L.E. Ellis, A.L. Silverman: Increased Levels Of Thymosin Immune-Ractive Peptide After Cell Stimulation In IEC-9 Cells Are Due To Increased Levels Of Steady State Prothymosin mRNA. Poster Presentation, American Society For Cell Biology Annual Meeting, 1991

E.A. Tarakji, A. Dawli; Congenital Malformations Of The Gastrointestinal Tract; Aleppo University Publication, Doctoral Thesis (in Arabic)

Dr. Tarakji would be happy to meet with you and help you with any health concerns you have.

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