Colonel (ret) Gerald Kerr, MD, Ireland
Dr Gerald Kerr joined the Irish Defence Forces in 1986 and retired in 2019. In that time, he served as a Bn Medical Officer (Capt), Commanding Officer of a Reserve Medical Unit (Comdt), Company Commander Med Coy, Logistics Support Bn (Comdt), Brigade Medical Officer (Lt Col) and was appointed Director Medical Branch, Irish Defence Forces (Col) in 2010. He served with UNIFIL on two occasions. He is entered on the Irish Medical Council’s Specialist Divisions in four specialties: General Practice; Sports & Exercise Medicine; Occupational Medicine; and Military Medicine. He was founding chair of the Faculty of Military Medicine in Ireland and guided the process which led to the recognition of Military Medicine as a Specialty and the associated Specialist Training Scheme.
Dr Kerr continues as an ATLS Instructor on both Provider and Instructor Courses. He is also, since 2019, Joint Chair of the Annual Disaster & Military Medicine (DiMiMED) Conference held in association with the MEDICA Medical Trade Fair in Dusseldorf in November.
Since March 2019, Dr Kerr has been working in the Department of Occupational Health, Cork University Hospital as part of the Contact Tracing Clinical Support Team, in response to the threat posed by SARS-CoV-2 to healthcare workers.
Dr Kerr has published in the Irish Medical Journal, International Review of Armed Medical Services, and has contributed to publications which have appeared, or are about to appear, in Clinical Virology, and BMJ Open. Most recently his study relating to COVID-19 spread in a healthcare setting has been accepted for publication in Occupational Medicine (Oxford Academic).