Vanessa Bradford Kerry, M.D.
Instructor in Medicine; Instructor in Global Health and Social Medicine
Dr. Kerry's interest focuses on investments in human resources for health and capacity-building to strengthen public sector health systems in resource poor settings. Her work has included the grassroots effort which led to the Global Health Service Corps, established in Spring 2012, as well as looking at novel ways for U.S. foreign assistance to fund health efforts, which improve efficiency of aid delivery, develop capacity, and enhance national sovereignty. Her publications include “An International Service Corps for Health: A New Prescription for Diplomacy” in the New England Journal of Medicine and “…One for Doctors Too,” a New York Times opinion piece published in 2010. She was recently invited by the State Department to write and speak on investments in global health. Dr. Kerry was recently named a Draper Richards Kaplan Social Entrepreneur.
Vanessa Kerry is the director of the program in Global Public Policy and Social Change in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. The program helps examine the underutilization of healthcare as a tool to address economic, social, and cultural disparities that define poor health domestically and internationally. Dr. Kerry is the founder and CEO of Seed Global Health, a non-profit that partners with the Peace Corps to build capacity of developing country health systems by deploying health professionals as educators. She is also a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and serves as the Associate Director of Partnerships and Global Initiatives at the hospital’s Center for Global Health.
Dr. Kerry graduated from Yale University summa cum laude and Harvard Medical School cum laude, completing her Internal Medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. She earned her Master’s in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing from the London Schools of Economics and of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Scope of global health training in u.s. Obstetrics and gynecology residency programs. November 1, 2013. Obstetrics and gynecology.
Influence of the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPfAR) on career choices and emigration of health-profession graduates from a Ugandan medical school: a cross-sectional study. May 31, 2013. BMJ open.
Adolescents and the right to health: eliminating age-related barriers to HIV/AIDS services in Rwanda. January 31, 2012. AIDS care.
Managing the demand for global health education. November 8, 2011. PLoS medicine.
Meeting cholera's challenge to Haiti and the world: a joint statement on cholera prevention and care. May 31, 2011. PLoS neglected tropical diseases.
Transforming health professionals' education. April 9, 2011. Lancet.
An international service corps for health--an unconventional prescription for diplomacy. September 23, 2010. The New England journal of medicine.
TRIPS, the Doha declaration and paragraph 6 decision: what are the remaining steps for protecting access to medicines? May 24, 2007. Globalization and health.
- Instructor in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Associate Director of Partnerships and Global Initiatives, Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health
Massachusetts General Hospital
Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Bulfinch 148
55 Fruit St
Boston MA 02114