Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health

Global Health Topic(s)

Education and Training (Building Capacity)Global Health Systems/DeliveryMonitoring and Evaluation, Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) Trauma and Injury (Surgery and Anesthesiology)




Contact Information

(615) 835-5892
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
1301 Medical Center Drive
Nashville, TN 37232


Kathleen Sweeney


M.D., University of Vermont
College of Medicine
M.P.H., Harvard School
of Public Health

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Kelly McQueen M.D., M.P.H.

Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Surgery
Director of Vanderbilt Anesthesia Global Health & Development
Director, Global Anesthesia Fellowship

Kelly McQueen is a Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology and Surgery, affiliate faculty at the Vanderbilt Institute for the Global Health (VIGH), the Director of Vanderbilt Anesthesia Global Health and Development, and the Director of the Vanderbilt Global Anesthesia Fellowship. Dr. McQueen is the Past-President of the Arizona Society of Anesthesiologists, and the past chair of the ASA Committee on Global Humanitarian Outreach. Kelly is the Immediate Past-President of the Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence, an integrated society of the International Surgical Society, which is committed to improving global anesthesia and surgical safety, as well as prioritizing surgical access, delivery and outcomes evaluation. She is the Founder and President of The Global Surgical Consortium, a public charity committed to improving safe anesthesia and surgery in low income countries.

Kelly has had a career long commitment to disaster response and humanitarian aid. She has volunteered for more than 25 years for a number of humanitarian organizations including the American Society of Anesthesiology's Overseas Teaching Program, Operation Smile and Doctors without Borders. She currently conducts research in low income countries assessing anesthesia and surgical infrastructure, global pain burden, access to trauma intervention and preoperative mortality rates. In 2005,Colorado College honored Dr. McQueen with the Benezet Lifetime Achievement Award for her humanitarian work. In 2010, the International College of Surgeons presented her with the Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Award. In 2011, she received the Arizona Medical Association Humanitarian of the Year Award. In 2016, Kelly was honored by the University of Vermont with the Service to Medicine and Community Award.

Research Interests: Global Surgery and Anesthesia Assessment and Evaluation 

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