Seed Global Health


  • Vanessa Kerry, MD, MSc, Chief Executive Officer
  • Pat Daoust, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer
  • Sadath Sayeed, MD, JD, Chief Medical Officer
  • Jennifer Goldsmith, MS, MEd, Chief Administrative Officer
  • James Scott, MD, FACEP, Senior Advisor
  • Katelyn Fleming, MA, MS, Program Manager
  • Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, Senior Advisor
  • Julie Anathan, RN, MPH, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer
  • Fola May, MD, MPhil, Director of Partnerships
  • Madison Louis, Research Assistant
  • Stacey Batista, MD, Operations Associate
  • Libby Cunningham, MPH, Monitoring/Evaluation Program Manager

Vanessa Kerry, MD, MSc

Chief Executive Officer

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 envisions a solution where the growing number of US health professionals interested in global health serve as educators and faculty in these countries to build a pipeline of future in‐country providers. Currently, her vision is becoming a reality through the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), a public‐private partnership between Seed Global Health, the Peace Corps and the countries where GHSP physicians and nurses serve as medical and nursing educators. Concurrent with her role as CEO of Seed Global Health, Dr. Kerry is a critical care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and helps lead educational activities 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 work in global health has also included policy initiatives in Rwanda as well as looking at novel ways for US foreign assistance can help fund health efforts to improve efficiency of aid delivery, develop capacity, and enhance country ownership. Prominent publications include “An International Service Corps for Health: A New Prescription for Diplomacy” in the New England Journal of Medicine, “…One for Doctors Too,” a New York Times opinion piece published in 2010 and most recently, "Global Health Service Partnership: building health professional leadership as a roadmap to sustainable health systems" in The Lancet. 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.

Pat Daoust, MSN, RN

Chief Nursing Officer

Ms. Daoust is the Chief Nursing Officer of Seed Global Health. She sets the vision and operationalizes all aspects of Seed Global Health’s nursing initiatives. She is also the Associate Director for Nursing at the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. Furthermore, she lectures on global health at the University of Massachusetts School of Nursing and Health Sciences, co-chairs the Global Committee for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) and serves on the advisory committee for the Global Nursing Caucus. She was the Director of Health Action AIDS for Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). 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 a large and innovative Center for Disease Control-funded Nursing Leadership and Capacity Building Project in Ethiopia for I-TECH, which is presently being replicated in other African countries. Ms. Daoust is a registered nurse with over 30 years of clinical, education and managerial experience.

Sadath Sayeed, MD, JD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Sayeed is the Chief Medical Officer of Seed Global Health. In this role, he works closely with the physician volunteers in the field in addition to developing and supporting Seed Global Health’s medical program strategy. Dr. Sayeed is an Assistant Professor of Global Health, Social Medicine and Pediatrics 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 this topic. 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, MS, MEd

Chief Administrative Officer

Ms. Goldsmith is the Chief Administrative Office of Seed Global Health. In this role, she manages the administration, financial, and planning functions of the organization. Previously Ms. Goldsmith 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, MD, FACEP

Senior Advisor

Dr. Scott is a Senior Advisor of Seed Global Health. He is an emergency medicine physician and professor at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (GWU SMHS). He served as Dean of GWU 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 in Africa. 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, MA, MS

Program Manager

Katelyn Fleming is the Program Manager of Seed Global Health. Previously, she was the Senior Research Associate and Department Manager at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services where she managed a work force development educational certificate program to train clinicians and IT professionals. She was responsible for program development, grant writing, recruitment, financial management, student administrative support, and alumni relations. Ms. Fleming also managed and delivered international training programs including a program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the Chinese Ministry of Health to educate the leadership on the US Health System. Prior to her time at GW, Ms. Fleming was an event coordinator at Rafanelli Events in Boston. Ms. Fleming holds a MA from The George Washington University, a MS from Simmons College, and a BA from Saint Anselm College.

Fitzhugh Mullan, MD

Senior Advisor

Dr. Mullan is a Senior Advisor of Seed Global Health. In addition, he is the Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and a Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine. He served 23 years in the United States Public Health Service starting as a physician in the National Health Service Corps and later as director of the program. He subsequently worked at the NIH, served on the staff of Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, directed the Bureau of Health Professions, and attained the rank of Assistant Surgeon General. His research focuses on health workforce policy in the United States and globally. He has written widely for both professional and general audiences on medical and health policy topics. He is the senior editor of the Institute of Medicine 2005 report, Healers Abroad: Americans Responding to Human Resource Crisis in the HIV/AIDS. He was the principal investigator of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded Sub-Saharan African Medical School Study SAMSS) and is PI of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Coordinating Center. Dr. Mullan was the Founding President of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, a member of the SEED Global Health Board of Directors, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Julie Anathan, RN, MPH

Deputy Chief Nursing Officer

Ms. Anathan is the Deputy Chief Nursing Officer of Seed Global Health. In this role, she supports volunteers in the field and develops and evaluates Seed Global Health’s nursing programs. She is also the International Nurse Program Manager of the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. Previously, Ms. Anathan worked with Partners in Health and their sister organization, Zamni Lasante in Haiti. She partnered with Haitian clinical nurse educators to create an education strategy to improve patient care and encourage nursing retention at l'Hôpital Saint Nicolas. She also served as a member of the transitional operations team at University Hospital of Mirebalais. Before the hospital opened in March 2013, Ms. Anathan helped to lay the foundation of nursing systems and policies/procedures and was involved in the hiring, orientation and support of the nurses as they came onboard. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Boston College and a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in International Health from Boston University.

Fola May, MD, MPhil

Director of Partnerships

Dr. May is the Director of Partnerships of Seed Global Health. She is a senior fellow in gastroenterology in the University of California Los Angeles Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) Program and a doctoral candidate in health policy and management at the Fielding UCLA School of Public Health. Her research addresses challenges in access to preventative services nationally and internationally, community engagement in health, and patient education. Dr. May serves on the board of directors for Operation Healthy Africa, a nonprofit foundation that provides basic healthcare in resource-poor regions in West and East Africa, and is also a medical director for the organization’s medical clinic in Bombo, Uganda. She has also participated in global health programs in Costa Rica, Nigeria, and South Africa. Dr. May graduated cum laude from Yale University in 2002 and then attended the University of Cambridge to study international systems of health care delivery, obtaining a Masters in epidemiology before matriculating to Harvard Medical School. After completing a residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, she became a clinical instructor in the Department of Medicine and Manager of Trainee Affairs for the Multicultural Affairs Office, where her focus was increasing workforce diversity for MGH and overseeing a mentorship program for housestaff of color.

Madison Louis

Research Assistant

Ms. Louis is an Administrative and Research Assistant for Seed Global Health at CGH. Prior to this position, Ms. Louis was the Director of the Colby Volunteer Center at Colby College and had interned at the International AIDS Society in Geneva, Switzerland. Ms. Louis graduated from Colby College with majors in Global Studies and French, and a minor in Anthropology.

Stacey Batista, MD

Operations Associate

Dr. Batista is an Operations Associate of Seed Global Health. Prior to this, she was a full-time mother and PTO President at her local elementary school. Prior to motherhood, she was in residency to become an anesthesiologist. Dr. Batista received her MD from Tufts School of Medicine, and a BA in History and Women's Studies from Pomona College.

Libby Cunningham, MPH

Monitoring/Evaluation Program Manager

Ms. Cunningham is the Monitoring and Evaluation Program Manager of Seed Global Health. Previously, Ms. Cunningham served as the Global Primary Care (GPC) Program Manager at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health. While with GPC, she worked to develop a global health residency program, design a resident curriculum, and develop and implement care and education initiatives with both domestic and international partners. Before her position with the Global Primary Care program, Ms. Cunningham was the Program Manager for the Lesotho-Boston Health Alliance at Boston University where she worked to implement systems-based strengthening initiatives in district hospitals. Ms. Cunningham received her Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in International Health from Boston University, and attended the University of Notre Dame for her undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Pre-Medical Studies.