More about Vanessa Kerry MD

Co-founder and CEO of Seed Global Health

Dr. Kerry is the co-founder and the 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 investing in human health capacity is essential to closing the health disparities gap and to investing in stronger health systems and ultimately societies. Seed Global Health has partnered with sub-Saharan African countries since 2013 to help train over 16,000 health professional, building a pipeline of future in‐country providers and helping to save lives. Concurrent with her role as CEO, she is a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and serves as the Associate Director of Partnerships and Global Initiatives at MGH Global Health.

She directs the Global Public Policy and Social Change program in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School where she has focused on links between security and health. Dr. Kerry has been featured on NPR’s Tell Me More and Goats and Soda, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports and Morning Joe, the Huffington Post,, BBC, CNN, Devex, Boston Magazine’s Power of Ideas, and Medscape. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Social Entrepreneur. She graduated from Yale University summa cum laude and Harvard Medical School cum laude, completing her Internal Medicine residency and Critical Care Fellowship 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.