Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Program
MGH BIDMC Harvard Medical School

Vanessa Kerry, MD MSc


Vanessa Kerry, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Area of Expertise: Medical Education (Teaching and Educational Leadership)

Academic Interests

Critical Care, Global Health, Public Policy

Awards and Recognition

Women in Science and Technology Societal Impact and Leadership Award (2012)

Draper Richard Kaplan Social Entrepreneur (2013)

Honorary Degree in Public Service – Northeastern University (2015)

U.S. Task Force for Non-Communicable Disease – Council on Foreign Relations (2014-2015)

Task Force on Woman and Family Health – Center for Strategic and International Studies (2015-2017)

World Economic Forum – Young Global Leader (2016 -)

40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators – Meditech Boston (2017)

Council on Foreign Relations – Elected member (2017- )

Associate Editor, Annals of Global Health (2018-)

More information can be found on Dr. Kerry’s Harvard Catalyst Profile.

+Current Projects

  • Seed Global Health: Building health care capacity with a focus on training physicians and nurses in sub-Saharan Africa. Activities include pedagogical and clinical training including simulation training, ultrasound for example.
  • Global Health Security: Senior advisor to Inaugural joint program between Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School on global health security with attention to non-communicable disease, pandemics, climate change, and protecting health systems in crisis-affected and fragile states
  • Women in Global Health: Steering Committee member for 3rd annual Women in Global Health Conference
  • Discovery Fellowship: Direct the MGH-Discovery Health Fellowship for South African leading Clinician Scientists

+Selected Publications

  1. Kerry V. Auld S. Farmer P. An International Service Corps for Health: A New Prescription for Diplomacy. New England Journal of Medicine. 2010. 363: 1199-1201
  2. Kerry VB. Ndung’u T. Walensky RP. Lee P. Kayanja F. Bangsberg D. Managing the Demand for Global Health Education, PLoS Medicine. 2011. 8(11): e1001118. DOI. 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001118
  3. Bajunirwe F, Twesigye L, Zhang M, Kerry VB, Bangsberg DR. 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. BMJ Open. 2013. 3(5).
  4. Hung KJ, Tsai AC, Johnson TR, Walensky RP, Bangsberg DR, Kerry VB. Worldwide distribution of global health training in US obstetrics and gynecology residency programs, Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2013. 122(5):1101-9. DOI: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e3182a9c1c8
  5. Kerry VB and Mullan F, Global Health Service Partnership: Building health professional leadership as a roadmap to sustainable health systems, The Lancet. 2014. 383: 1688-91. Available online: DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)61683-9
  6. Binagwaho A, Farmer PE, Nsanzimana, Karema C, Gasana M, Ngirabega J, Ngabo F, Wagner CM, Nutt CT, Nyatanyi T, Gatera M, Kayiteshonga Y, Mugeni C, Mugwaneza P, Shema J, Uwaliraye P, Gaju E, Muhimpundu M, Dushime T, Senyana F, Mazarati J, Muzayire Gaju C, Tuyisenge L, Mutabazi V, Rusanganwa V, Nyemazi P, Umutoni A, Kankindo I, Ntizimira C, Ruton H, Mugume, Nkunda D, Ndenga E, Mubiligi J, Kakoma JB, Karita E, Sekabaraga C, Rusingiza E, Rich M, Mukherjee JS, Rhatigan J, Cancedda C, Bertrand-Farmer D, Bukhman G, Stulac SN, Tapela NM, van der Hoof Holstein C, Shulman LN, Bonds M, Wilkes MS, Lu C, Smith-Fawzi M, Swain JD, Murphy MP, Ricks A, Kerry VB, Bush B, Sigler R, Stern CS, Sliney A, Nuthulaganti T, Karangwa I, Pegurri E, Dahl O, Drobac PC. Rwanda twenty years on: investing in life, Lancet Apr 2014. Available online: DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60574-2
  7. Chillo P, Humphrey S, Meda J, Kerry VB, Cardiac Critical Care in Resource Limited Environments: Lessons from Tanzania, Global Heart. 2014. 9: 311-8
  8. Kerry VB, Sayeed S. Critical Care in Resource Limited Settings: Leveraging Opportunities for Improved Health, Global Heart. 2014. 9: 275–9
  9. Kerry V, Cunningham L, Daoust P, Sayeed S. Addressing Medical and Nursing Clinical Education Gaps in East Africa: The First Year Experience of the Global Health Service Partnership. World Population and Health. 2015. 16(1): 24-35
  10. Cancedda C, Farmer P, Kerry V, Nuthulaganti T, Scott K, Goosby R, Binagwaho A. Maximizing the Impact of Training Initiatives for Health Professionals in Low-Income Countries: Frameworks, Challenges, and Best Practices. PlosMed. 2015. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001840
  11. Ttendo S, Was A, Preston M, Munyarugero E, Kerry VB, Firth P. Retrospective Descriptive Study of an Intensive Care Unit at a Ugandan Regional Referral Hospital. World Journal of Surgery. Epub August 9 2016. DOI 10.1007/s00268-016-3644-5.
  12. Gupta V, Kerry V, Goosby E, Yates R. Politics and Universal Health Coverage — The Post-2015 Global Health Agenda. New England Journal of Medicine. 2015. 373:1189-92
  13. Gupta V, Kerry V. “Globally inclusive investments in health: benefits at home and abroad” BMJ, Epub 28 Feb 2017. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1004
  14. Stuart-Shor E, Cunningham L, Foradori L, Hutchinson E, Makwero M, Smith J, Kasozi J, Johnston E, Khaki A, Vandervort E, Moshi F, Kerry V. The Global Health Service Partnership: An Academic-Clinical Partnership to Build Nursing and Medical Capacity in Africa. Frontiers in Public Health. July 2017. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2017.00174
  15. Gupta V, Mason-Sharma A, Caty S, Kerry V. Adapting Global Health Aid in the Face of Climate Change, Lancet Global Health. 2017. 5: e133–e134. Available online: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214109X17300025
  16. Gupta V, Mason-Sharma Alexandre, Lyon Zoe, Orav Endel John, Jha Ashish K, Kerry, VB. “Has development assistance for health facilitated the rise of more peaceful societies in sub-Saharan Africa?” Global Public Health, 13:12, 1796-1806. 2018. DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2018.1449232
  17. Cancedda, C, Binagwaho A, Kerry V. “ It is Time for Academic Institutions to Align their Strategies and Priorities with the Sustainable Development Goals.” BMJ. 2018. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2018-001067