Karen Saks MD

Karen Saks MD

TEL: 503-297-8081
FAX: 503-292-6601

Dr. Saks was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and grew up in Southern California. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara and returned to Israel to attend medical school at Tel Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine. After medical school, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to complete her internal medicine residency and gastroenterology/hepatology fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Dr. Saks has specialized training in esophageal motility disorders and has conducted research on colon cancer screening and complications of cirrhosis. She has presented her research at multiple national conferences and has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Saks enjoys cooking, exploring Portland restaurants, hiking, running, reading, and traveling.

Other Activities

American College of Gastroenterology

American Gastroenterology Association

American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy


Fellowship, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2017

Internship and Residency, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2014

MD, Tel Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2011

BS, Biological Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, 2006


Internal Medicine



American College of Gastroenterology National Gastroenterology Jeopardy Champion, 2016

Award Winner in Clinical Research at the American College of Physicians Regional Conference, 2013

Dean Award for Academic Excellence in Clinical Studies, 2011

Phi Beta Kappa, 2006


Saks, K, Amjadi, D, D’Souza, S. “Eosinophilic Cholecystitis and Enteritis Associated With Ampullary Stenosis.” Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology 15.3 (2017): A23-A24.

Saks K, Enestvedt B, Holub J, Lieberman D. “Colonoscopy Identifies Increased Prevalence of Large Polyps or Tumors in Patients 40–49 Years Old With Hematochezia vs Other Gastrointestinal Indications.” Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology 14.6 (2016): 843-849.

Saks, K, and Levitt, JO. “Tazarotene 0.1 percent cream fares better than erbium: YAG laser or incision and drainage in a patient with eruptive vellus hair cysts.” Dermatology online journal 12.6 (2006).

Hamilton EP, Dear PH, Rowland T, Saks K, Eisen JA, Orias E. “Use of HAPPY mapping for the higher order assembly of the Tetrahymena genome.” Genomics 88.4 (2006): 443-451.