Dr. Steven L. Mandel

Founder and President of Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles

Dr. Steven L. Mandel, Founder & President of KCLA, is a board-certified anesthesiologist with a master’s degree in psychology.

Dr. Mandel has over 35 years of experience with ketamine and founded KCLA in 2014 when he realized this old medicine had a new purpose that coincided with his passion for healing people with mood disorders. He quickly became a world-renowned expert in treating such conditions, including depression, suicidality, PTSD, anxiety, and chronic pain with IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy.

Dr. Mandel’s extensive experience in the provision of anesthesia in both inpatient and outpatient settings, along with his background in psychology, equip him with a rare expertise in administering Ketamine Infusion Therapy. Steven Mandel, MD is the only physician providing Ketamine Therapy to have earned degrees in both fields.

Dr. Mandel’s passion for healing began at a young age when he nursed a robin back to health by feeding it with an eye-dropper after its unfortunate encounter with the neighborhood cat. Since then, he has worked to heal as many people as possible in a wide variety of clinical settings. As of the start of 2020, he has administered over 10,000 infusions to over 1,500 patients.

As a pioneer who has made countless contributions to Ketamine Infusion Therapy, Dr. Mandel has been called upon by various films, television networks, podcasts, radio programs, magazines, and news outlets, including:

  • The Doctors
  • Wired Magazine
  • BuzzFeed
  • VICE
  • PBS
  • CBS national news
  • ABC News
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • The Hollywood Reporter
  • Anesthesiology News
  • Yahoo News
  • San Francisco Daily

…as well as countless others to offer his expertise on depression, other mood disorders, and mental health. In addition, physicians from all over the United States seek his guidance on adhering to best practices of ketamine infusion clinics.

Dr. Steven L. Mandel has an impeccable reputation among patients and clinicians and is known for his integrity, compassion, and humor. See the testimonials on this website and the hundreds of five-star reviews he and the care team at KCLA have earned on our Yelp page and Google Reviews.

When he isn’t caring for patients, Dr. Steven Mandel enjoys spending time with his wife of 34 years, their 4 children, and golden retriever Magellan. He is also an avid outdoorsman, serving as a sailing instructor and fleet surgeon in various Marina del Rey boating clubs 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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