Matthew Mell, M.D., M.S.

Matthew William Mell, M.D., M.S.


Vascular Surgery




  • Professor and Chief of Vascular Surgery
  • Medical Director, Vascular Center


To see if Matthew William 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: 916-734-3801
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. 

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, 2014

American Board of Surgery - Vascular Surgery Diplomat, 2017

Professional Memberships

American College of Surgeons - Fellow

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

Chandra V, Trang K, Virgin-Downey W, Dalman RL, Mell MW. Long-term outcomes after repair of symptomatic abdominal aortic aneurysms. J Vasc Surg. 2018 Apr 25. pii: S0741-5214(18)30435-X.

Chaikof EL, Dalman RL, Eskandari MK, Jackson BM, Lee WA, Mansour MA, Mastracci TM, Mell M, Murad MH, Nguyen LL, Oderich GS, Patel MS, Schermerhorn ML, Starnes BW.  The Society for Vascular Surgery practice guidelines on the care of patients with an abdominal aortic aneurysm. J Vasc Surg. 2018; 67(1):2-77.

Zavatta M, Mell MW. National Comparison of Hybrid and Open Repair for Aorto-Iliac-Femoral Occlusive Disease. J Vasc Surg. 2018; 67(1); 199-205.

Mell MW. Opportunities for Improving Population-Based Management of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms. Circulation. 2017 Oct 31;136(18):1735-1736.

Mell MW, Garg T, Baker LC.  Under-utilization of Ultrasound for Routine Surveillance after EVAR. Ann Vasc Surg. 2017; Oct;44:54-58.

Chandra V, Trang K, Harris EJ, Dalman RL, Lee JT, Mell MW. Management of Symptomatic Unruptured Aortic Aneurysms Over the Past 20 years. J Vasc Surg. 2017; 66(6):1679-1685.

Callcut RA, Wakam G, Conroy AS, Kornblith LZ, Howard BM, Campion EM, Nelson MF, Mell MW, Cohen MJ.  Discovering the truth about life after discharge: Long-term trauma-related mortality. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2016 Feb;80(2):210-7.

Mell MW, Starnes BW, Kraiss LW, Schneider PA, Pevec WC. Western Vascular Society Guidelines for Transfer of Patients with Ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. J Vasc Surg. 2017, Mar;65(3):603-608.

Thompson PC, Dalman RL, Harris EJ, Chandra V, Mell MW. Predictive Models for Mortality after Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm Repair do not Predict Futility and are not Useful for Clinical Decision-Making. J Vasc Surg. 2016 Dec;64(6):1617-1622.

Kret MR, Dalman RL, Kalish J, Mell MW. Arterial Cut-Down Reduces Complications Following Brachial Access for Peripheral Vascular Intervention. J Vasc Surg. 2016; 64(2):551.