Global Health Service Corps


  • Vanessa Kerry, Chief Executive Officer
  • Pat Daoust, Chief Nursing Officer
  • Sadath Sayeed, Chief Medical Officer
  • Jennifer Goldsmith, Chief Administrative Officer
  • James Scott, Senior Advisor
  • Katelyn Fleming, Program Manager

Vanessa Kerry

Chief Executive Officer

Vanessa Kerry, MD, MSc, is the CEO of Global Health Service Corps, a non-profit that partners with the Peace Corps to build capacity of developing country health systems by deploying health professionals as educators. She is also a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and serves as the Associate Director of Partnerships and Global Initiatives at the hospital’s Center for Global Health. Academically, she spearheads the program in Global Public Policy and Social Change in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her interest focuses on investments in human resources for health and capacity-building to strengthen public sector health systems in resource poor settings. Her work has included the grassroots effort which led to the Global Health Service Corps, as well as looking at novel ways for U.S. foreign assistance to fund health efforts, which improve efficiency of aid delivery, develop capacity, and enhance national sovereignty. Her publications include “An International Service Corps for Health: A New Prescription for Diplomacy” in the New England Journal of Medicine and “…One for Doctors Too,” a New York Times opinion piece published in 2010. She graduated from Yale University summa cum laude and Harvard Medical School cum laude, completing her Internal Medicine residency 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.

Pat Daoust

Chief Nursing Officer

Pat Daoust, MSN, RN is a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts School of Nursing and Health Sciences and a clinical instructor at the Boston College Connell School of Nursing. She is also the co-chair of the Global Committee for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC). She was previously the Director of Health Action AIDS for Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). Pat is a registered nurse with over 30 years of clinical, education and managerial experience. Prior to joining PHR she worked on issues related to the domestic HIV epidemic and served as the Director of Client Services for the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. She subsequently worked with the Harvard AIDS Institute and served on the nursing faculty of the KITSO program, an HIV education partnership between the Harvard School of Public Health and the Botswana government. She then led to a large and innovative Center for Disease Control-funded Nursing leadership and Capacity and Building Project in Ethiopia, which is presently being replicated in other African countries.

Sadath Sayeed

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Sayeed is Instructor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School where he serves as Director of the Program in Newborn Health and Social Change. He is a staff neonatologist at Children’s Hospital Boston. He is also Program Director for the Responsible Conduct of Research at Harvard Medical School. Holding a JD in addition to his medical degree, Dr. Sayeed’s research focus has been on the social and ethical determinants of early childhood survival in resource rich and poor settings. He is the author of several peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on the same. Dr. Sayeed is co-founder and director of The International Pediatric Outreach Project, a service and delivery-oriented non-profit that partners with health care providers in Africa and India.

Jennifer Goldsmith

Chief Administrative Officer

Ms. Goldsmith is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Global Health Service Corps. Jennifer has previously worked as Director of Finance and Administration for the Harvard AIDS Prevention Research Project, as Assistant Dean for Finance at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University and as Director of Strategic and Financial Planning at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She was Special Advisor to the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries based at Harvard Medical School and Development Consultant to Women of Means, an organization providing healthcare to homeless women and families in Boston. Most recently Ms. Goldsmith was Director of Strategic Initiatives in Graduate Medical Education at Partners HealthCare where she developed programming in many areas including global and humanitarian medicine. Ms. Goldsmith earned her MS in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, her MEd at Boston College and BA from the University of Michigan.

James Scott

Senior Advisor

James Scott, MD, FACEP served as Dean of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) from July 2003 through December 2010. Previously, he served as residency director, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in SMHS. Since stepping down as Dean, Dr. Scott has dedicated his time to the education of medical students in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is one of the lead faculty on the Medical Education Partnership Initiative, the first large scale, US government sponsored project aimed at increasing the quantity and quality of doctors on that continent. As Dean, Dr. Scott founded the Medical Humanities program at the GW SMHSH, a program of community service for the medical school, and in collaboration with Physicians for Peace, he established surgery, pediatric and obstetrics and gynecology residency programs in Eritrea as an attempt to reverse the “brain drain” of physicians from the developing world.

Katelyn Fleming

Program Manager

Katelyn Fleming, MA, MS, Project Manager brings experience as a program manager at George Washington University where she had administrative responsibility for an HHS Grant to educate and train leaders for careers in Health Information Technology. Ms. Fleming was accountable for strategic development, grant writing and management, federal reporting, fiscal management, compliance assurance, and recruitment efforts. Also at GWU she developed and delivered international training programs including a month-long program sponsored by the World Health Organization and The Chinese Ministry of Health to learn about the US health care system. Ms. Fleming holds am MS from Simmons College, an MA from GWU and a BA from St. Anselm College.