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George A. Makar, MD, MSCE

George A. Makar, MD, MSCE Physician

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Makar is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Medicine
    • Gastroenterology

Programs & Services:

  • Cancer
    • Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Risk Evaluation Program
    • Gastrointestinal Cancer Evaluation Center (GICEC)
  • Gastroenterology
    • Endoscopy and GI Diagnosis
    • General Gastroenterology Consultation
    • Liver Diseases

Board Certification:

  • Gastroenterology, 2006
  • Transplant Hepatology, 2008

Conditions & Treatments:

  • Anal Cancer
  • Ascites
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • esophageal varices
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor
  • hepatic encephalopathy
  • hepatitis - autoimmune
  • hepatitis B - viral
  • hepatitis C - viral
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Cirrhosis
  • Liver Diseases
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • portal hypertension
  • primary biliary cirrhosis
  • primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach (Gastric) Cancer

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Gastroenterology

    Penn Presbyterian Medical Center 218 Wright Saunders Building 51 N. 39th Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-PENN (7366)

    A facility of Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

  • Gastroenterology

    Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine South Pavilion, 4th Floor 3400 Civic Center Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-PENN (7366)

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Amerihealth
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Medicare
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Care
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Iowa College of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, National American Gastroenterological Assication, National American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), International


Dr. Makar is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Medicine Radnor: Has privileges to perform procedures.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Bittermann T, Makar G, Goldberg DS: Early post-transplant survival: Interaction of MELD score and hospitalization status. J Hepatol. : 2015.

Therese Bittermann, George A. Makar, David S. Goldberg: The impact of MELD score and hospitalization status prior to liver transplantation on short-term posttransplantation survival: a national study Hepatology Volume 60, Issue Supplement S1 60 (Supplement S1): 73A,2014.

Makar GA, Holmes JH, Yang YX.: Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitor Therapy and Colorectal Cancer Risk. J Natl Cancer Inst : 2014.

Goldberg DS, Makar G, Bittermann T, French B.: Center variation in the use of nonstandardized model for end-stage liver disease exception points. Liver Transpl : 2013.

Robert Weinrieb, Omair Abbasi, Marlee Madora, Alexandra Leto, Kevin Lynch, George Makar: A Matched Comparison Study of Medical and Psychiatric Complications in Methadone-Maintained Liver Transplant Recipients: Re-evaluation Nine Years Later Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, 60th Annual Meeting. : 2013.

Cantor JP, Makar GA, Reddy KR, Furth EE: Hepatic Injury in the Liver Allograft Biopsy Continues Despite Hepatitis C Viral Clearance with Interferon Treatment. United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Annual Meeting 2012 : 2012.

McConnell RA, Kim S, Ahmad NA, Falk GW, Forde KA, Ginsberg GG, Jaffe DL, Makar GA, Long WB, Panganamamula KV, Kochman ML.: Poor Discriminatory Function for Endoscopic Skills on a Computer-Based Simulator Gastrointest Endosc 76 : 993-1002,2012.

Bittermann T, Makar G, Goldberg D.: Exception point applications for 15 points for liver transplantation: An unintended consequence of the Share 15 policy American Association of Study of Liver Disease Annual Meeting 2012 : 2012.

Bittermann T, Makar G, Goldberg D.: Exception point applications for 15 points: an unintended consequence of the share 15 policy. Liver Transpl 18: : 1302-9,2012.

Goldberg D, Bittermann T, Makar G: Lack of standardization in exception points for patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis and bacterial cholangitis Am J Transplant 12 : 1603-9,2012.

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Academic Contact Info

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
215 Floor Wright Saunders
39th & Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-8900
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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