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Past Talks- Dr. Vanessa Kerry

This talk was hosted as part of our original series that Leaders in Lowell grew out of. To read more about the original series read "How Leaders Began."

LOWELL -- Lowell Catholic freshmen Daniel Russell of Dracut and Bridget Provost of North Andover have taken the initiative to start a new co-curricular club for LC high-school students called "Leaders at LC."

The students will be responsible for bringing community leaders to the Lowell Catholic campus. The leaders will share their experiences, education and career paths in a lecture series that will run throughout the school year. Dr. Vanessa Kerry was recently invited to speak, opening the lecture series in McNamara Hall.

Dr. Kerry completed her internal-medicine residency and critical-care fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. While running her own practice, she has continued to work in international health. She has collaborated on projects in Haiti and Rwanda through the Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Medicine.

Dr. Kerry is actively working on public-sector partnerships in Uganda through MGH and MGH Global Health.

During the lecture, she talked about the impact of global health and how a nation's health-care management can correlate to its poverty level. She also spoke about our collective responsibility to contribute as members of our local and global community.

Through her own experiences and medical training, she realized not only a need for trained doctors to volunteer in Third World nations, but also a need for training local medical staff in those communities.

Out of that need, SEED was developed with the unique model of training local health-care workers to build self-sufficiency within communities.

Although her path to medicine took a number of unexpected turns, Dr. Kerry emphasized that finding one's passion and working hard can lead to great success.

The lecture was followed by a brief question-and-answer session during which students were able to ask Dr. Kerry about what or who inspired her, her educational choices and opportunities, and challenges she had faced in attaining her goals.

Courtesy of the Lowell Sun

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