Dr. Jessica Bender (she/her) is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington. She enjoys being able to put her longstanding interests in public health and primary care to work every day through her clinical, education and scholarly work. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Science in Human Culture from Northwestern University and MPH from the University of California Berkeley. After medical school at UW, she completed her internal medicine residency and chief residency in the primary care training program at Boston Medicine Center. She pursued additional training in global health and health equity through the UCSF HEAL fellowship in Liberia and the Navajo Nation before returning to UW to join the faculty.

In her current role, Dr. Bender provides clinical care and education in several clinics at Harborview Medical Center and UW’s Post COVID clinic. She is core faculty in the residency program and has designed public health and primary care-oriented curriculum for UWSOM, WHO, and SGIM. More recently, she has focused on improving access, clinical care delivery, community engagement, and primary care training related to Long COVID as co-principal investigator as part of the AHRQ Long COVID Care Network.

Dr. Bender was first introduced to SGIM by mentors who encouraged her to present at the New England regional meeting as a resident. She has served on the Northwest regional planning committee in several roles and also leads the Long COVID interest group. She is thrilled to serve as co-President for the newly expanded Northwest region this year.



Job Title

Clinical Assistant Professor


University of Washington School of Medicine