Meet Jennifer L. Lew, MD, Obstetrician-Gynecologist
May 27, 2021 | 2 min. to read
While still in middle school, and an avid fan of the medical drama St. Elsewhere, Jennifer L. Lew, MD, decided to become a physician. “With reading about medicine, volunteering in a hospital and personal research, I knew medicine was my field,” says Dr. Lew, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group Sycamore. “Medicine seemed like the highest combination of science and research, but toward the goal of improving the lives of others.”
In her third year of medical school, Dr. Lew discovered her specialty. “When I experienced OB-GYN, I loved everything about it,” she recalls. “All medical students are excited about delivering babies, but I also loved the office work, working individually with female patients, and the surgeries.”
In her practice, Dr. Lew emphasizes shared decision-making. “Every patient has thoughts and opinions about their health care, reflecting their individual background and experiences,” she says. “I collaborate with patients to develop medical plans that meet those individual needs.”
Dr. Lew’s clinical interests include high-risk pregnancies, menstrual disorders, ovarian cancer screening and minimally invasive gynecological surgery. Dr. Lew has 11 years of experience with robot-assisted surgery and is the only OB-GYN offering minimally invasive gynecological surgeries at Kishwaukee Hospital using the hospital’s da Vinci® Surgical System. She began performing da Vinci procedures there this year. “I’m excited to offer our patients this option,” she says. “The system is an exceptional tool for converting complicated surgeries to minimally invasive procedures, so patients can recover more quickly and face less risk of infection.”
A Chicago-area native, Dr. Lew earned her medical degree at University of Illinois at Chicago and did her residency at Ohio State University. She came to RMG last year but had long exposure to NM as a member of the medical staff at Delnor Hospital, where she was struck by the high degree of collaboration. “RMG is an outstanding opportunity to practice in the community and collaborate with other exceptional NM physicians,” she says.
Dr. Lew is married to an emergency medicine physician, George. They have two sons, who will both be in college next fall.