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

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

Associate 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. Semitala FC, Kadota JL, Musinguzi A, Nabunje J, Welishe F, Nakitende A, Akello L, Bishop O, Patel D, Sammann A, Nahid P, Belknap R, Kamya MR, Handley MA, Phillips PPJ, Katahoire A, Berger CA, Kiwanuka N, Katamba A, Dowdy DW, Cattamanchi A. Completion of isoniazid-rifapentine (3HP) for tuberculosis prevention among people living with HIV: Interim analysis of a hybrid type 3 effectiveness-implementation randomized trial. PLoS Med. 2021 12; 18(12):e1003875. View in PubMed
  2. Carmen M. Lee, Camille Rogine, Woon Cho Kim, Lara Chehab, Amanda Sammann, Sandhya Kumar. Use of Telehealth for Routine Postoperative Care in a Safety-Net Population. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2021 Nov 1; 233(5):s101-s102. View in PubMed
  3. Nijagal MA, Patel D, Lyles C, Liao J, Chehab L, Williams S, Sammann A. Using human centered design to identify opportunities for reducing inequities in perinatal care. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021 Jul 20; 21(1):714. View in PubMed
  4. Cattamanchi A, Crowder R, Kityamuwesi A, Kiwanuka N, Lamunu M, Namale C, Tinka LK, Nakate AS, Ggita J, Turimumahoro P, Babirye D, Oyuku D, Berger C, Tucker A, Patel D, Sammann A, Turyahabwe S, Dowdy D, Katamba A. Digital adherence technology for tuberculosis treatment supervision: A stepped-wedge cluster-randomized trial in Uganda. PLoS Med. 2021 05; 18(5):e1003628. View in PubMed
  5. Patel D, Hawkins J, Chehab LZ, Martin-Tuite P, Feler J, Tan A, Alpers BS, Pink S, Wang J, Freise J, Kim P, Peabody C, Bowditch J, Williams ER, Sammann A. Developing Virtual Reality Trauma Training Experiences Using 360-Degree Video: Tutorial. J Med Internet Res. 2020 12 16; 22(12):e22420. View in PubMed
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