Every month, we feature a physician as an opportunity for the community to learn more about the great doctors on staff at Little Company of Mary Hospital. This month, we had the chance to talk with Dr. Sulkowski, an OB/GYN at Little Company of Mary Hospital (2800 W. 95th Street). Read on to get to know Dr. Sulkowski, including why she decided to become a physician, her philosophy of care, and her life outside of work.
Jessica L. Sulkowski, DO
- Medical School: Des Moines University
- Residency: Midwestern University
- Specialty /Specialties: Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Main Interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery, High Risk Obstetrics, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, Fibroids
What is your philosophy of care?
I believe that in order to provide the highest level of care, we must take into account all aspects of health: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Why did you want to become a doctor?
Growing up, I was always interested in the sciences; I remember having a microscope and chemistry set to play with as a child. I also love teaching; breaking down information in a way for someone to understand is truly an art. Medicine allows me to continue both of these passions. As a physician, I feel patient education is one of my most important responsibilities.
What are your sub-specialties and health interests in regard to your patients?
During my training, I witnessed a shift toward more minimally invasive surgical procedures in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The utilization of advanced laparoscopic skills and the da Vinci robotic surgical system is the direction our field is headed and I am excited to incorporate these into my practice.
How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?
I am dedicated to this field, and embrace the importance of life-long learning required, but in order to be an excellent physician for my patients, I too, need to follow my own philosophy. Achieving balance is essential. Making sure to take care of myself, whether that means going out for a long run, reading a book, or simply getting a good night’s sleep when I am exhausted, are all things I make sure to do on a regular basis. It is also important for me to continue to nurture my relationships; from making time to get together for dinner, to writing an email, or making a phone call, a little effort goes a long way.
What are your hobbies and interests outside the office?
I can often be found running or cycling along our beautiful lakefront trail. Over the past few years my interest in running has increased; after completing several half marathons, my next goal is the Chicago marathon! I take advantage of Chicago’s amazing restaurant scene and am always trying new places. If I am at home you can find me cooking, baking, or gardening. As much as I love this city, I also love to travel to new places!