• Professor, Global Health
  • Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
  • Adjunct Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Health Alliance International
1107 NE 45th Street, Suite 350
Seattle, WA 98105
United States

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Dr. Sherr's research focuses on developing practical solutions to support data-driven decision making and service integration into the Primary Health Care framework to improve intervention coverage and quality. He developed the Systems Analysis and Improvement Approach (SAIA), packaging systems engineering tools to support front-line health workers to iteratively improve prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services. Originally tested through a cluster randomized trial, SAIA is being scaled-up for PMTCT in Mozambique, and adapted to address other chronic care needs (including mental health, HIV testing in family planning clinics, and pediatric HIV testing and linked treatment). Dr. Sherr leads an implementation research project supported through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and US NIH that assesses the effectiveness of an enhanced audit and feedback intervention in Mozambique, and builds implementation research capacity for MOH leadership. Dr. Sherr has led the development of implementation science training at the UW/DGH, including the first PhD program in implementation science. He received aPhD in Epidemiology and MPH at the UW, and BA from Kenyon College.

  • PhD (University of Washington)
  • MPH (University of Washington)
  • BA (Kenyon College)
Country Affiliations 
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Health Topics 
  • Adult Mortality
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Causes of Death
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Child Mortality
  • Chronic Disease (incl. Cardiovascular, Diabetes)
  • Disease Surveillance
  • Education and Training
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Health Governance
  • Health Financing
  • Health Information Systems
  • Health Interventions
  • Health Outcomes
  • Health Policy
  • Health Policy and Advocacy
  • Health Systems Strengthening and Human Resources Development
  • HIV Transmission
  • Immunizations
  • Implementation Science
  • Infectious Diseases (other than STDs)
  • Intervention Design and Management
  • Malaria
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Maternal Mortality
  • Mental Health
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Operations Research
  • Policy Monitoring
  • Prevention
  • Qualitative Research and Methods
  • Quality Improvement
  • Research
  • Social Justice and Human Rights
  • Sociology
  • STDs (other than HIV)
  • TB
  • Workforce

Systems Analysis and Improvement Approaches; Implementation Science;Primary Health Care; Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs


Fernandes Q, Wagenaar B, Anselmi L, Pfeiffer J, Gloyd S, SHERR K. Effects of health-system strengthening on under-5, infant, and neonatal mortality: 11-year provincial-level time-series analysis in Mozambique. Lancet Global Health. 2014;2:e468-77.

SHERR K, Gimbel S, Rustagi A, Nduati R, Cuembelo F, Farquhar C, Wasserheit J, Gloyd S. Systems analysis and improvement to optimize pMTCT (SAIA): A cluster randomized trial. Implementation Science. 2014;9:55.

SHERR K, Cuembelo F, Michel C, Gimbel S, Micek M, Kariaganis M, Pio A, Manuel J, Pfeiffer J, Gloyd S. Strengthening integrated primary health care in Sofala, Mozambique. Biomedical Central Health Services Research. 2013;13(Suppl2):S1.

SHERR K, Micek M, Gimbel S, Gloyd S, Hughes J, John-Stewart G, Manjate R, Pfeiffer J, Weiss N. Quality of HIV care provided by non-physician clinicians and physicians in Mozambique: a retrospective cohort study. AIDS. 2010;24:S59-66.