Matthew Sommers, MD is a Yinzer by birth, but moved to Tampa, Florida as a toddler. After completing high school, he moved to Memphis where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Neuroscience from Rhodes College; during this time, he worked at St. Jude Children’s Hospital where he researched a novel protocol for Bone Marrow Transplant. Between college and medical school, Matt worked two years as a navigator doing outreach, education, and enrollment for the Affordable Care Act . He then moved to Vermont where he attended the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and performed research on a novel procedure for prostate cancer therapy as well as optimizing efficiency of perioperative medicine. He is not sure what his future within ophthalmology holds, but he is interested in ensuring equal access to ophthalmic care, improving systems of care delivery, and exploring the many research opportunities at UPMC. His interests outside of medicine include bicycle touring, cooking (and more importantly eating), coffee that's too expensive, and rock climbing.