Founder and President of Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles

Dr. Steven L. Mandel, a master of clinical psychology and a board-certified anesthesiologist with over 35 years of experience, founded Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles with the intention to bring greater healing and quality of life to the millions of individuals battling chronic pain, depression, and various mood disorders. His extensive experience in the provision of anesthesia in both inpatient and outpatient settings for adults and children, along with his background in clinical psychology equip him with a rare expertise when administering IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy. In fact, Dr. Mandel is the only physician providing Ketamine Therapy to tout degrees in both fields.

Dr. Mandel’s passion for healing began at a young age, starting with nursing a robin back to health by feeding it with an eye-dropper after its unfortunate encounter with the neighborhood cat. Since then, he has become an internationally recognized pioneer in the treatment of depression, other mood disorders, and chronic pain conditions with IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy. To date, he has personally administered over 5,000 infusions to over 700 patients. By way of his contributions to IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy, he has been called upon by various television networks, podcasts, radio programs, and news outlets, such as The DoctorsWIRED video specialROKUPBS, CBS national news, WIRED MagazineVICELos Angeles MagazineAnesthesiology NewsYahoo News, and San Francisco Daily, to comment on the procedure. In addition, physicians from all over the United States seek his guidance in developing ketamine infusion clinics of their own.

Dr. Mandel is known for his integrity, compassion, and humor—he has an impeccable reputation among patients. See the testimonials on this website and visit the 50+ five-star reviews on his yelp page.

When he isn’t caring for patients, Dr. Mandel enjoys spending time with his wife of 32 years, their 4 children, and their golden retriever Magellan. He is also an avid outdoorsman, serving as a sailing instructor and fleet surgeon in Marina del Rey community boating and as a provider of outdoor emergency care as a member of the Mt. Baldy Ski Patrol.


  • New York University, majored in psychology in addition to completing his pre-medical studies.
  • University of Cincinnati Graduate School in Psychology on a full scholarship, earned his master’s degree.
  • University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, earned his medical degree.
  • Massachusetts General Hospital and University of California Los Angeles Center for the Health Sciences Residency in Anesthesiology.
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