Darren J. Sommer was awarded his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Master’s of Public Health degrees from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2003. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at University Community Hospital in Largo, Fla., in 2006, and is board certified in Internal Medicine by the American College of Osteopathic Internists. He later went on to complete his M.B.A. with Health Sector Management Certification from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. He is a Health Policy Fellow with the American Osteopathic Association.
Sommer is a member of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Ohio Osteopathic Association (OOA), Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI), Fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), and a Certified Physician Executive (CPE). He has served on the ACOI’s technology council, the AMA’s Telemedicine Coding Committee and is the past President of the Columbus Osteopathic Association. And, as a combat veteran, he also continues to work with wounded veterans as a medical advisor to the Resurrecting Lives Foundation.
Currently, Sommer is the CEO of Innovator Health, a health care technology company based in Englewood, Ohio. Innovator Health provides simple yet personal telemedicine technology that is focused on bridging the health care gaps for medically underserved communities.
Sommer’s work with NYITCOM includes the creation of the first telemedicine training program for first- and second-year medical students. Previous positions include service as a physician with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division serving as both a Brigade Surgeon and Flight Surgeon. In addition, his military career spans more than 20 years of service, completing two combat deployments and earning numerous decorations including the Bronze Star, Combat Medic Badge, and the Combat Action Badge. After completing his active duty service, Sommer went on to serve as Medical Director of the Hospitalist Program at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, N.C. He later was the Senior Vice President of Hospitalist Services with Premier Physicians Services in Dayton, Ohio.
Course I Teach/Have Taught at NYIT
- Telemedicine Certification Program, OMT