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 assuring access to such care. To this end, Mandel’s extensive leadership in political advocacy and his education of the public has spanned 30 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, Mandel received his degrees from Johns Hopkins University and New York University School of Medicine. His early exposure to the medical care of the indigent at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Bellevue Hospital bonded him to the defense of those who could not help themselves. As a volunteer at the Saban Community Clinic for three decades, Mandel has advocated for equal access to health care for women, children, the homeless and the working poor.
Mandel served on the Obama for America Health Policy Advisory Committee, was an advisor to then-Senator Joe Biden on health care issues during his presidential campaign, and continues to advise Senator Mark Warner. He also served on several local and statewide governmental advisory panels, assisting California State Assembly members Burt Margolin, Barbara Friedman, Susan Davis, Wally Knox and Paul Koretz. He was an early supporter of Governor Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign, member of the Dean’s List and founder of Doctors for Dean. He later was one of three founders of Doctors for Kerry. He also served on then-California Attorney General 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 television 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.
Mandel has been recognized for his leadership and public service by the state of California, Los Angeles County, City of Los Angeles, Jhpiego (2015 Elyse Bila Ouedraogo Award), Oakwood School (2011 Charles Haas Award), Temple Israel of Hollywood (2007), Saban Community Clinic (1996 Lenny Somberg Award and 1996 Leo D. Fields Volunteer Award), Los Angeles Committee on Philanthropy (1995), American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (1994 President’s Community Service Award), the 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, Mandel is a member of the board of directors of the Friends of the Saban Community Clinic, Big Sunday and the UCLA School of Nursing Dean’s 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’s National Advisory Council. He is an active member of the City of Los Angeles Health Commission.
He previously served on the board of trustees for Johns Hopkins University, Temple Israel of Hollywood and Oakwood School, and the board of directors for Century City Hospital, the Saban Community Clinic and its Hollywood Center Endowment Corporation, and the Los Angeles Advisory Board of Children Now. He also served on the performance improvement committees for 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 at the American Medical Association, California Medical Association and the Los Angeles County Medical Association, and did the same for Century City Hospital.
Mandel lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Susan, and has two children, Spencer and Mallory.