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

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

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

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1001 Potrero Avenue, 3A
San Francisco, CA 94110

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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.

  1. Feler J, Tan A, Sammann A, Matouk C, Hwang DY. Decision-making amongst patients with unruptured aneurysms: a qualitative analysis of online patient forum discussions. World Neurosurg. 2019 Jul 27. View in PubMed
  2. Sammann A, Chehab L, Patel D, Liao J. Why So Glum? Understanding the Challenges in Meeting User's Needs on Trauma Surgical Rounds. J Surg Res. 2019 Mar; 235:367-372. View in PubMed
  3. Loja MN, Sammann A, DuBose J, Li CS, Liu Y, Savage S, Scalea T, Holcomb JB, Rasmussen TE, Knudson MM. The mangled extremity score and amputation: Time for a revision. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2017 03; 82(3):518-523. View in PubMed
  4. Reza J, Sammann A, Jin C, Horvai A, Hudnall M, Jablons DM, Jahan T, Kornak J, Mann MJ. Aggressive and minimally invasive surgery for pulmonary metastasis of sarcoma. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Apr; 147(4):1193-200; discussion 1200-1. View in PubMed
  5. Zhi X, Gao W, Han B, Yang Y, Li H, Liu D, Wang C, Min G, Long H, Rigas JR, Carey M, Jahan T, Sammann A, Reza J, Wang D, Mann MJ, Jablons DM, He J. VATS lobectomy facilitates the delivery of adjuvant docetaxel-carboplatin chemotherapy in patients with non-small cell lung cancer. J Thorac Dis. 2013 Oct; 5(5):578-84. View in PubMed
  6. Zheng P, Sammann A, Qiu M, Lee R, O'Sullivan P, Roberts J. Impact of preclinical exposure to organ donation on knowledge and attitudes of medical students. Prog Transplant. 2012 Mar; 22(1):79-85, 109. View in PubMed
  7. Zaid H, Ward D, Sammann A, Tendick F, Topp KS, Maa J. Integrating surgical skills education into the anatomy laboratory. J Surg Res. 2010 Jan; 158(1):36-42. View in PubMed
  8. Cloyd J, Holtzman D, O'Sullivan P, Sammann A, Tendick F, Ascher N. Operating room assist: surgical mentorship and operating room experience for preclerkship medical students. J Surg Educ. 2008 Jul-Aug; 65(4):275-82. View in PubMed
  9. Sammann A, Tendick F, Ward D, Zaid H, O'Sullivan P, Ascher N. A surgical skills elective to expose preclinical medical students to surgery. J Surg Res. 2007 Oct; 142(2):287-94. View in PubMed
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