Andrew Sommers, Ph.D, MSPH
Vice President and Executive Director, Maximus Public Health
Dr. Sommers is Vice President and the Executive Director of Maximus Public Health (MPH). In his role, he oversees the company’s applied public health work and related data analytics efforts on behalf of government clients. He leads teams working closely with government agencies and their partners to contain the current COVID-19 pandemic. His expertise includes infectious disease epidemiology, public health surveillance, geospatial analytics, medical sociology, and health services research.
Dr. Sommers aspires to improve population health by providing policy makers with actionable data and solutions grounded in science. To that end, he and the MPH team offer public health services that assist government agencies as they investigate, diagnose, and confront health problems and hazards at the community level. MPH also helps agencies to effectively communicate the impacts of social determinants of health and to develop solutions for mitigating them.
Prior to joining Maximus, Dr. Sommers served as a Senior Scientist in the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he utilized his skills to map the spread of Ebola in Africa; to track the spread of Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere; and to respond to health threats posed by catastrophes such as Hurricanes Irma and Maria. He collaborated closely with colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), and with the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration. Dr. Sommers also worked for Congress, where he helped design and draft parts of the Affordable Care Act.
Dr. Sommers holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, and Master’s degrees in both Public Health and Public Policy.