WGEC Advisory Board & Event Chair
Andrea Jeffress, MD, FACOG, is an OB/GYN physician & surgeon who resides and practices in Erie, PA. A gifted, young scholar, she left Sanford School in Hockessin, DE at the age of 14 and enrolled in Simon’s Rock of Bard College in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. At Simon’s Rock, she was a Blodgett Scholar and majored in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Natural Science. She was also the winner of the Caleb Roosevelt Creative Writing Award for a compilation of poetry written in college. After graduating Magna Cum Laude at the age of 18, she took a year off and worked in a neurosurgery lab as a Yale research assistant in New Haven, Connecticut.
During her year of research, she entered and won the first event ever sponsored by KIEDC Chairperson, Mrs. Metashar Bankhead Dillon – the Miss Black Connecticut Scholarship Pageant in 1991. She was victorious by sweeping the awards in Best Talent (singing), Best Interview, highest GPA, Best Fundraiser, and Miss Congeniality. Participating in the mandatory leadership and grooming workshops for 6 months leading up to the pageant event, forged a mentorship bond between the two that has spanned over two decades.
At 19, after the close of her research year and pageant reign, she entered the Yale University School of Medicine. During medical school and residency, she participated in several research projects, resulting in two published articles. She then completed both her internship and residency at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. After the completion of her training, Dr. Jeffress relocated to Erie, Pennsylvania to join a premier practice, OB/GYN Associates of Erie. She is a board certified fellow of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and also holds certifications from the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine and International Society for Clinical Densitometry. She has also had advanced training in hysteroscopic, laparoscopic, and daVinci robotic surgery and incorporates all of these modalities into her scope of practice.
In 2012, Dr. Jeffress became the first African-American woman to be appointed to the Board of Trustees at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA, and in 2013 she became the chair of the External Advisory Board for the Institute of Public Health at the University. She is a member of the National Medical Association, the American Medical Association, Pennsylvania Medical Society and Artemis Medical Society. She is an active member of the illustrious Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and she enjoys music, writing, the Arts, singing with True Praise Gospel Group of Cherry Street Church of God, watching basketball, playing tennis, and shopping!
She has been married for eighteen years to William S. Jeffress, Sr., who is the Executive Director at the Booker T. Washington Center - now a campus of Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA, offering a two year associates degree. Those closest to her, however, know that her proudest accomplishments and greatest blessings by far are her three beautiful children, Adrianna, Jasmine, and William, Jr.
As the winner of that first KIEDC event ever over 20 years ago, she is a true testament of what Mrs. Dillon writes about in her books - “Vision and Legacies that Last” and “Good Success”.