Dr Kelly McQueen MD, MPH

  • Professor of Anesthesiology & Director - Vanderbilt Anesthesia Global Health & Development, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

Dr Kelly McQueen is a Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Surgery at Vanderbilt University, where she serves as the Director of Vanderbilt Anesthesia Global Health and Development. She also serves as Affiliate Faculty at the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health. Dr. McQueen is founder and the Inaugural 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.  Kelly is the Founder and President of The Global Surgical Consortium, a public charity committed to improving safe anesthesia and surgery in low-income countries.    Previously Dr. McQueen has also served as the President of the Arizona Society of Anesthesiologists, and the Chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Global Humanitarian Outreach. 

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, the global burden of pain, trauma interventions and perioperative 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, the University of Vermont College of Medicine honored her with a Service to Medicine and Community Award.  This year she received the American Society of Anesthesiology Nicholas M Greene award for Outstanding Humanitarian Contribution, and gave a TEDx talk on Solving the Global Anesthesia Crisis.