Matthew Mell, M.D.

Matthew W. Mell, M.D.


Vascular Surgery




  • Pearl Stamps Stewart Professor & Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery
  • Medical Director, Vascular Center


To see if Matthew W. Mell is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., Suite 2100
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Additional Phone Numbers

Clinic Fax: 916-734-1020
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

I am dedicated to delivering the highest quality vascular care to my patients, which includes an outstanding patient experience. I can offer the latest proven technologies and an approach that includes personalized decision making based on your specific situation and both medical and surgical treatment options. 

I am fully trained and experienced in both open surgery and minimally invasive treatments, and so I can provide an unbiased recommendation for the best option for you.

I value the doctor-patient relationship, and will provide ongoing surveillance for your vascular condition. This approach to comprehensive vascular care embodies UC Davis Health's mission of improving lives and transforming health care.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Mell specializes in complex vascular and endovascular surgery, including open and endovascular reconstruction of the abdominal and thoracic aorta, renal and mesenteric arteries, carotid and subclavian arteries, and arteries of the lower extremities. He has expertise in both surgical and endovascular approaches to vascular repair.

He is a well-regarded expert in health policy, and is nationally recognized for his work in aneurysm screening, surveillance, and improving systems of care for treating ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms, and for investigating strategies to improve health care delivery and outcomes. 

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Mell's research focuses on health policy and population-based management of vascular conditions, especially for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening, surveillance, treatment, and studying systems of care to prevent death following ruptured AAA.

He also has interest in the influence of health care systems on the use of new and existing technology.


Vascular Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

Vascular Center


M.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston MA 1987

M.S., Health Services Research, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford CA 2012

Sc.B., Brown University, Providence RI 1984

Internship: General Surgery, Stanford University Hospital, Stanford CA 1987-1988


General Surgery, Stanford University Hospital, Stanford CA 1988-1992


Multi-Organ Transplantation, Stanford University Hospital, Stanford CA 1992-1993

Vascular Surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison WI 2005-2006

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery - General Surgery Diplomat, 2015

American Board of Surgery - Vascular Surgery, 2016

CA Medical Board, License,

Wisconsin Medical License,

Professional Memberships

American College of Surgeons

American Surgical Association

Midwest Vascular Surgery Society

San Francisco Surgical Society

Society of Clinical Vascular Surgery

Society of Vascular Surgeons

Vascular and Endovascular Surgical Society

Western Vascular Society

Honors and Awards

Mentor, Finalist, Best New Member Research, AAST, 2017

Distinguished Fellow, Society of Vascular Surgeons, 2017

Mentor, Best Quality Poster, Stanford Department of Surgery Annual Research Day, 2017

Vascular and Endovascular Society (VESS) Travel Award, 2015

Mentor, Winner Best Student Poster Competition, Academy Health Annual Research Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2014

American College of Surgeons/Society for Vascular Surgery Scholarship for Leadership in Health Policy, 2013

Poster Award, Women's Health Initiative Annual Investigator Meeting, Seattle, WA, 2013

Select Recent Publications

Chou EL, Pettinger M, Haring B, Mell MW, Hlatky MA, Wactawski-Wende J, Allison MA, Wild RA, Shadyab AH, Wallace RB, Snetselaar LG, Eagleton MJ, Conrad MF, Liu S. Lipoprotein(a) levels and risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm in the Women's Health Initiative. J Vasc Surg. 2020 Aug. doi:10.1016/j.jvs.2020.07.106.

Itoga NK, Baker LC, Mell MW. Initial Financial Impact of Office-Based Laboratories on Medicare Payments for Percutaneous Interventions for Peripheral Artery Disease. J Vasc Surg. 2020 Aug;72(2):686-691.e1. doi:10.1016/j.jvs.2019.09.064.  Epub 2020 Jan 20.

Lavingia KS, Tran K, Dua A, Itoga N, Deslarzes-Dubuis C, Mell MW, Chandra V.  Multivessel Tibial Revascularization Does Not Improve Outcomes in Patients With Critical Limb Ischemia. J Vasc Surg. 2020 Jun;71(6):2083-2088. doi:10.1016/j.jvs.2019.08.251. Epub 2019 Nov 2.

Tsougranis G, Eldrup-Jorgensen J, Bertges D, Schermerhorn M, Morales P, Williams S, Bloss R, Simons J, Deery SE, Scali S, Roche-Nagle G, Mureebe L, Mell MW, Malas M, Pullin B, Stone DH, Malone M, Beck AW, Wang G, Marinac-Dabic D, Sedrakyan A, Goodney PP. The Vascular Implant Surveillance and Interventional Outcomes (VISION) Coordinated Registry Network: An Effort to Advance Evidence Evaluation for Vascular Devices. J Vasc Surg. 2020 May 19;S0741-5214(20)31240-4. doi:10.1016/j.jvs.2020.04.507. Online ahead of print. PMID 32442604.

Yoon WJ, Mell MW. Outcome Comparison of Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair Performed Outside Versus Inside Proximal Landing Zone Length Recommendation. J Vas Surg. 2020 Apr 11;S0741-5214(20)30487-0. doi:10.1016/j.jvs.2020.03.033. Online ahead of print.

Wanken ZJ, Trooboff SW, Gladders B, Columbo JA, Ramkumar N, Austin AM, Stone DH, Mell MW, Sedrakyan A, Goodney PP.  Characterization of Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair Surveillance in the Vascular Quality Initiative. Circulation. 2020 Mar 10;141(10):866-868. doi:10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.119.043625. Epub 2020 Mar 9.

Itoga NK, Ho VT, Tran K, Chandra V, Dalman RL, Harris EJ, Lee JT, Mell MW. Preprocedural Cross-Sectional Imaging Prior to Percutaneous Peripheral Arterial Disease Interventions. Vasc Endovascular Surg. 2020 Feb;54(2):97-101. doi:10.1177/1538574419887585. Epub 2019 Nov 20.

Mell MW. Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm - A Call to Arms? JAMA Netw Open. 2019 Dec 2;2(12):e1917168. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.17168.

Mell MW. The conundrum of managing small abdominal aortic aneurysms. J Vasc Surg. 2019 Nov;70(5):1383. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2019.04.465.

Lin JH, Brunson A, Romano PS, Mell MW, Humphries MD. Endovascular-First Treatment Is Associated With Improved Amputation-Free Survival in Patients With Critical Limb Ischemia. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2019 Aug;12(8):e005273. doi:10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.118.005273. Epub 2019 Jul 30.