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Amanda Sammann, M.D., M.P.H.

Amanda Sammann, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery
Founder and Executive Director, The Better Lab

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Academic Office 
1001 Potrero Avenue, 3A
San Francisco, CA 94110

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(415) 206-8674 
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Stanford University, B.A. with Honors, 2001
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, M.P.H, 2004
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, M.D., 2008
  • University of California, San Francisco, Intern, General Surgery, 2008-2009
  • University of California, San Francisco, Resident, General Surgery, 2009-2015
  • Oregon Health & Science University, Fellow, Surgical Critical Care, 2015-2016
  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care
  • The Better Lab
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Quality Improvement and Outcomes
  • Human Centered Design
  • Implementation Sciences
  • Innovation
  • Shared Decision Making
  • Surgical and Medical Education
  • Transitions of Care
  • Trauma Care
  • Underserved Populations
Amanda Sammann, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of general surgery at the University of California, San Francisco and the Founder and Executive Director of The Better Lab; a venture that uses design to study and fix health care challenges. Dr. Sammann is a general surgeon who practices trauma surgery, acute care surgery and surgical critical care at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG).
Dr. Sammann received a bachelor's degree in human biology from Stanford University, a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University and a Medical Degree from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She completed her surgical training at UCSF and her critical care fellowship at Oregon Health & Sciences University. Dr. Sammann also spent two years as the Medical Fellow and Medical Director at the Silicon Valley design firm, IDEO.
Dr. Sammann has spent a lifetime trying to make things better. She has built novel content for health websites, developed surgical training curriculum, designed medical products and fixed dozens of health care systems challenges. Dr. Sammann has expertise in Human Centered Design (HCD) and is leading research at ZSFG to implement and study the HCD process in the health care setting. She lectures on innovation and design locally and nationally.

Dr. Sammann is the Founder and Executive Director of The Better Lab, a multidisciplinary venture that conducts human centered design research. The goal of her research is to develop new ways to fix health care challenges through greater empathy and better design and to study these novel methods and their outcomes with rigorous public health methodologies. Early research initiatives are focused on health care systems quality improvement at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

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  1. Berger C, Patel D, Kityamuwesi A, Ggita J, Tinka LK, Turimumahoro P, Neville K, Chehab L, Chen AZ, Gupta N, Turyahabwe S, Katamba A, Cattamanchi A, Sammann A. Opportunities to improve digital adherence technologies and TB care using human-centered design. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2020 Oct 01; 24(10):1112-1115. View in PubMed
  2. Lin DM, Peden CJ, Langness SM, Sammann A, Greenberg SB, Lane-Fall MB, Cooper JB. The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Stoelting Conference 2019: Perioperative Deterioration-Early Recognition, Rapid Intervention, and the End of Failure-to-Rescue. Anesth Analg. 2020 Sep; 131(3):e155-e159. View in PubMed
  3. Patel D, Sarlati S, Martin-Tuite P, Feler J, Chehab L, Texada M, Marquez R, Orellana FJ, Henderson TL, Nwabuo A, Plevin R, Dicker RA, Juillard C, Sammann A. Designing an Information and Communications Technology Tool With and for Victims of Violence and Their Case Managers in San Francisco: Human-Centered Design Study. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2020 Aug 24; 8(8):e15866. View in PubMed
  4. Kadota JL, Musinguzi A, Nabunje J, Welishe F, Ssemata JL, Bishop O, Berger CA, Patel D, Sammann A, Katahoire A, Nahid P, Belknap R, Phillips PPJ, Namusobya J, Kamya M, Handley MA, Kiwanuka N, Katamba A, Dowdy D, Semitala FC, Cattamanchi A. Protocol for the 3HP Options Trial: a hybrid type 3 implementation-effectiveness randomized trial of delivery strategies for short-course tuberculosis preventive therapy among people living with HIV in Uganda. Implement Sci. 2020 Aug 12; 15(1):65. View in PubMed
  5. Lancaster EM, Sosa JA, Sammann A, Pierce L, Shen W, Conte MC, Wick EC. Rapid Response of an Academic Surgical Department to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for Patients, Surgeons, and the Community. J Am Coll Surg. 2020 06; 230(6):1064-1073. View in PubMed
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