GLOBAL HEALTH & 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 Seed Global Health (formerly 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. She has also examined the role of military in protecting health systems in crisis situations. Her publications on capacity building include “An International Service Corps for Health: A New Prescription for Diplomacy” in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2010, “…One for Doctors Too,” a New York Times opinion piece published that same year, “Global Health Service Partnership: Building health professional leadership as a roadmap to sustainable health systems” in Lancet in 2013 and most recently, “Global Health Service Partnership: First Year Findings” in World Population and Health featured by the WHO. 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.
The New England journal of medicine, September 16, 2015
PLoS medicine, June 16, 2015
Conflict and health, April 13, 2015
Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry, March 21, 2015
World Population and Health, January 1, 2015
Global Heart, October 31, 2014
Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, August 1, 2014
Lancet (London, England), April 4, 2014
Instructor in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital Associate Director of Partnerships and Global Initiatives, Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health