Dr Sammel is a Sydney based rheumatologist and vasculitis specialist. He sees patients with all forms of inflammatory, connective tissue and musculoskeletal diseases and has subspecialist expertise in vasculitis. Vasculitis refers to a family of conditions where the immune system attacks blood vessels and includes conditions such as giant cell arteritis, Takayasu arteritis, ANCA associated vasculitis, cryoglobulinaemia, IgG4 and Behcet disease.
Dr Sammel has public hospital appointments at Prince of Wales and Sydney Eye Hospitals. At these sites he leads the rheumatology vasculitis service and coordinates clinical trials. He admits and consults on patients with general rheumatological conditions including gout, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, SLE (lupus), osteoarthritis, myositis and bursitis. He also provides rheumatology support for the uveitis, interstitial lung disease and pulmonary hypertension teams
He completed rheumatology training at Prince of Wales and Royal North Shore Hospitals before undertaking a vascular medicine fellowship at St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst. Subsequently he undertook a clinical observership with the rheumatology vasculitis service at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA.
In addition to clinical work, Dr Sammel is a conjoint lecturer at the University of New South Wales and has published extensively on giant cell arteritis, a condition which was the focus of his PhD . He has spoken on vasculitis at national and international conferences. He is a board member of the Australian and New Zealand Vasculitis Society (ANZVASC) and is a member of the ANZVASC clinical trials committee.