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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


  • Gastroenterology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Gastroenterology, 2006
  • Transplant Hepatology, 2008

Clinical Expertise:

  • Ascites
  • Autoimmune Hepatitis
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Cirrhosis
  • Liver Diseases
  • Portal Hypertension
  • Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)

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

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • 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 Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • 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

Hospital Affiliation

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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