Andrew Sommers

Andrew Sommers, PhD, MSPH, MPP

Principal

Washington, DC

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Andrew Sommers is a respected scientist and public health researcher with expertise in epidemiology, vaccine policy, public health program design, and evaluation.

His experience combines scientific aptitude with work with state and county public health agencies, federal policy development and implementation and work with provider and patient organizations. His technical skills include geospatial analytics, econometric analysis, data surveillance, statistical inference, and survey design.

In early 2020, Dr. Sommers established Maximus Public Health, which applied innovative process management and technology solutions in government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address challenges associated with SARS-CoV-2. His work included establishing vaccine distribution call centers for the CDC to help coordinate supply chain logistics and remotely training home-based contract tracers and disease investigators. These efforts helped contain COVID hotspots at the state and county levels and contributed to improving public health outcomes for citizens across the country.

Prior to joining Leavitt Partners and HMA, Dr. Sommers had a lengthy tenure at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he contributed to epidemiologic investigations related to Ebola, Zika, and viral hepatitis, as well as disaster response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Dr. Sommers has a deep understanding of public health and healthcare financing mechanisms. He is also adept at building coalitions between factions with differing views.

Moving forward, Dr. Sommers will be responsible for managing a multiyear strategy to bolster the public health workforce, improve disease surveillance, and promote greater data sharing to protect the health of communities across the nation.

Dr. Sommers earned a doctorate and a master’s degree from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He also earned a master’s degree in public policy from the Hubert Humphrey Institute.