Vanessa Bradford Kerry, MD, MSC
Associate Director, Program in Global Public Policy and Social Change
Dr. Kerry is Associate Director, Program in Global Public Policy and Social Change at Harvard Medical School and at the MGH Center for Global Health, and a critical care physician at Mass General. Dr. Kerry is the director of the Discovery Health MGH Fellowship which hosts South African academic clinician leaders to train at MGH for one year. She is co-founder and CEO of Seed Global Health. Having worked in resource‐limited settings for over a decade, Dr. Kerry has witnessed health inequities around many places in the world and how shortages of local health providers in their home countries contribute to those inequities. She believes that there should not – and need not – be two standards of care around the globe. She envisions a solution where investing in health systems and health professional leadership can provide a sustainable, local solution to close disparities in care and health outcomes. Her work at Seed Global Health and in partnership with Mass General is helping to close training and care gaps in sub-Saharan Africa through education. The Seed program sends American health professionals to help train the next generation of doctors, nurses and midwives in countries with critical health needs. These health professionals then teach others, creating a pipeline of needed, skilled providers and educators. Seed has helped train over 14,000 health professionals since its inception in 2012.
Please see Dr. Kerry’s Harvard Catalyst Profile for selected publications.