Howard Mandel
Howard Mandel

Howard C. Mandel, MD, FACOG

Obstetrics and Gynecology Private Practice, Chair, Jhpiego Board of Advisors

Howard C. Mandel MD, FACOG, is a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist who has dedicated his life to the practice of high-quality health care and ensuring access to such care. To this end, Dr. Mandel’s extensive leadership in political advocacy and his education of the public has spanned over 35 years. He has held positions and chaired boards of directors of several nonprofit and educational institutions, served on advisory panels and councils, and received recognition for his leadership locally, statewide and nationally.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Mandel received his degrees from Johns Hopkins University and New York University School of Medicine. His exposure early on to the medical care of the indigent at both Johns Hopkins Hospital and Bellevue Hospital bonded him to the defense of those who could not help themselves. As a volunteer at the Saban Free Clinic for three decades, Dr. Mandel has advocated for equal access to health care for women, children, the homeless and the working poor.

Dr. Mandel currently advises Sen. Michael Bennet on health care policy. He has served on the National Physicians’ Council for Healthcare Policy and the Obama for America Health Policy Advisory Committee, was an advisor to Vice President Joe Biden on health care issues during his 2007/2008 presidential campaign, and continues to advise Sen. Mark Warner. Likewise, he has served on several local and statewide governmental advisory panels, assisting California Assembly members Burt Margolin, Barbara Friedman, Susan Davis, Wally Knox and Paul Koretz. He was an early supporter of Gov. Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign, a member of the Dean’s List and a founder of Doctors for Dean. He later was one of three founders of Doctors for Kerry and served on then-California Attorney Gen. Kamala Harris’ Smart on Crime Health Committee.

In addition to teaching and lecturing on topics such as ob-gyn emergencies, umbilical cord blood banking, menopause, women’s health and health care economics, he has appeared as an expert on numerous TV news and informational programs on NBC, ABC, CNN, KTLA, KCOP, E! Entertainment and UPN. He has made appearances on The Dennis Miller Show, The Mo Show, Strange Universe, Borderline and Medically Incorrect.

Dr. Mandel has been recognized for his leadership and public service by the state of California, the county and City of Los Angeles, Johns Hopkins University (2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award), Jhpiego (2015 Elyse Bila Ouedraogo Award), The Oakwood School (2011 Charles Haas Award), Temple Israel of Hollywood (2007), the Saban Community Clinic (1996 Lenny Somberg Award and 1996 Leo D. Fields Volunteer Award), Los Angeles Committee on Philanthropy (1995), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (1994 President’s Community Service Award), American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (1985), Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (1985 Leo G. Rigler Award), New York University School of Medicine (1981 Frederick C. Holden Prize and 1981 James Constantine Award). Most recently, he was selected as one of the Top Three Gynecologists in Los Angeles by Threebestrated.com.   

Currently, Dr. Mandel is a member on the board of directors of the Friends of the Saban Community Clinic and Big Sunday, and on the UCLA School of Nursing Dean’s Advisory Board. He chairs Jhpiego’s International Advisory Board. He also serves on the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board and the Johns Hopkins University School of Education National Advisory Council. He also serves as the president of the City of Los Angeles Health Commission. 

He has previously served on the boards of trustees of Johns Hopkins University, Temple Israel of Hollywood, and The Oakwood School, and on the boards of directors of Century City Hospital, the Los Angles Free Clinic and its Hollywood Center Endowment Corporation, and the Los Angeles Advisory Board of Children Now. He has served on the performance improvement committees of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Century City Hospital and Century City Doctors Hospital. He was the chairman of surgery and chief of gynecology at Century City Doctors Hospital and served twice in that role at Century City Hospital. He represented Century City Doctors Hospital to the American Medical Association, California Medical Association and the Los Angeles County Medical Association, and did the same for Century City Hospital.

Dr. Mandel lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Dr. Susan Mandel, and has two children, Spencer, 32, and Mallory, 30.