Samuel Mandell, FACS, MD, MPH

Samuel Mandell, FACS, MD, MPH

Dr. Mandell is a UW assistant professor in the Division of Trauma, Critical Care, and Burn Surgery. He practices at Harborview Medical Center, where he works with a multidisciplinary team to care for critically injured trauma and burn patients. He also cares for patients with a variety of general and emergency surgery needs. 

After graduating from Brown University with bachelor’s degrees in late antique cultures and biology, he went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Following medical school, he moved to Seattle and the University of Washington where he completed his general surgery residency, fellowship in burn surgery, and fellowship in trauma and critical care. During residency, he also completed a trauma research fellowship and earned a master's in public health from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine.


Patient Care Philosophy

I believe that medicine is best practiced as a team. The most important member of the team is the patient. My first priority is listening to patients and their loved ones to better understand their hopes and needs. After gaining this perspective, I work with them and the entire hospital staff to provide the best, evidence–based care options for each patient.

Personal Interests

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Mandell enjoys spending time with his wife and sons, cooking, hiking, sailing, and photography.

Clinical Interests

Emergency and general surgery; care of burned patients; management of critically injured patients; care of the critically ill.

Research Interests

Motor vehicle crash outcomes; burn resuscitation; long-term outcomes in burn survivors; clinical outcomes in the intensive care unit.


Institution Credential Year
University of Washington School of Public Health Master Public Health 2009
University of Massachusetts Medical education 2005
UW - Dept. of Surgery Fellowship  
UW - Dept. of Surgery Fellowship  
UW - Dept. of Surgery Internship  
UW - Dept. of Surgery Residency  

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Surgery Surgical Critical Care 2014
American Board of Surgery General Surgery 2013

Related Videos

Caring for Burns Outside the Burn Center Video

Caring for Burns Outside the Burn Center

In this presentation Samuel P. Mandell, MD, helps us understand the principles of burn triage.