Jessica Sommer, DO, FACOGPhysician
“Each patient is entitled to the best quality medical care, and should be an integral part of the decision making process. Giving patients autonomy to ask questions and make decisions. Evidence based-care.”
- FACOG- Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Areas of Expertise
Minimally invasive surgery
Hereditary cancer syndrome testing
Internship and Residency
Medstar Washington Hospital Center/Georgetown University
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine at NYIT
Pennsylvania State University
Hospital Affiliated With
Sommer J, Auguste T. “Enhancing and Assessing Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident Knowledge Using the Challenger Program. A Randomized Control Trial” May 2015
Biking, cooking, running, anything outdoors with my family, travel, quality time with friends.
Dr. Jessica Sommer was born in Long Island and raised in upstate New York. During that
time, her love for adventure, the outdoors, and downhill skiing grew. She also became very
involved in her school and community, participating in sports, choir, and volunteer work. After
high school, she went on to attend the Pennsylvania State University, where she received a
Bachelor’s of Science in General Science, with double minors in both biology and psychology.
She became treasurer of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the premedical honor society which allowed her
the opportunity to dance in THON (the world’s largest student run philanthropy benefiting
children and families affected by childhood cancer). She was also a member of the Association
of Women in Science and spent time mentoring young women, helping them to choose the
right career path. During her sophomore year in college, she decided to become a licensed
Emergency Medical Technician. She would travel home to New York each summer to provide
emergency medical care to those in need.
After graduation, she spent a year working in the non-profit sector at the AIDS Council
of Northeastern NY. She loved the work she was doing with AIDS Prevention, but decided that
her desire to care for patients and continue her medical education was overwhelmingly strong.
She made the move to Westbury, NY to attend the New York Institute of Technology’s College
of Osteopathic Medicine where she received her Doctorate of Osteopathy. While in medical
school, she learned a more holistic approach to caring for and treating patients, using hands on
diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy called Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
(OMM). She also became the vice president of the American Medical Women’s Association, and
she spent time as a student ambassador for the college, meeting and educating prospective
students. It was during this time that she decided to pursue a career in women’s health.
After graduating from medical school in 2007, she made another move, this time to
Washington D.C. to become an Obstetrics and Gynecology resident at Medstar Washington
Hospital Center/Georgetown University. This was a remarkable time in her life, learning the
craft of ObGyn, developing her laparoscopic surgical skills, and taking a strong interest in
preventative care. She was awarded the Urogynecology Surgical Award at graduation for her
skill and interest in gynecologic surgery. During her final year of training, she was offered a
position as an attending physician at Arlington Women’s Center in Arlington, VA. While there,
she cared for and treated women of all ages, both in obstetrics and gynecology. She was
fortunate to be a part of their team, and developed innumerous caring relationships with her
patients and their families. It was during this time that she became a Clinician Instructor for
Georgetown Medical School, mentoring and educating third year students during their
Obstetrics and Gynecology rotation. She also mentored the Washington Hospital Center
ObGyn residents, teaching them surgical skills and safe patient care practices.