Vanessa Kerry

Vanessa Kerry, MD, is the CEO and co-founder of Seed Global Health. A practicing physician, Dr. Kerry’s more than a decade of work in resource‐limited settings has focused on addressing health inequities in communities around the world, and the shortage of skilled, local health providers that contributes to those inequities. Through Seed, Dr. Kerry works towards a future in which in‐country health professionals have the training, support, and confidence to not only provide care and save lives, but also to serve as faculty training a pipeline of future health care professionals.

Concurrent with her role as CEO, Dr. Kerry is a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and serves as the Associate Director of Partnerships and Global Initiatives at MGH Global Health. She also directs the Global Public Policy and Social Change program in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, with a focus on links between health and security.

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, Devex, and Boston Magazine’s Power of Ideas. She has published on her work in Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine and Academic Medicine. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Social Entrepreneur. A graduate of Yale University summa cum laude and Harvard Medical School cum laude, Dr. Kerry completed 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.