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Kerry Kemp is a writer and independent editorial consultant, who manages the writing, editing, and production of publications and Web sites for clients in the public and private sectors.

  • Primary areas of expertise: Health care policy, information technology, environmental policy, national politics, international affairs.
  • Clients: Altarum Institute, Innovation and Information Technology Foundation, Institute of Medicine, National Governors Association, National Cancer Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and World Bank.
  • Recent projects:
    • Writing summaries of the quarterly meetings of the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, January 2005-2009,
    • Writing a 27-page white paper issued by an authoring committee of 25 leading biomedical researchers, “Improving Medical Decisions Through Comparative Effectiveness Research: Cancer as a Case Study,” for the Friends of Cancer Research,; writing a related article for submission to Health Affairs, May 2009.
    • Editing the 177-page Digital Quality of Life: Understanding the Personal & Social Benefits of the Information Technology Revolution, Robert D. Atkinson & Daniel D. Castro, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, October 2008,
    • Writing the summary chapter of the IOM report Knowing What Works in Health Care: A Roadmap for the Nation, for the IOM Committee on Reviewing Evidence to Identify Highly Effective Clinical Services, 2008, catalog.php?record_id=12038.
    • Editing the 100-page The 2007 State New Economy Index: Benchmarking Economic Transformation in the States, for the National Governors Association,
    • Editing “Health Service Interventions for Cancer Control in Developing Countries,” by Martin L. Brown et al.,” pp. 569-590, in Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries, 2nd ed., World Bank Group, 2006, bv.fcgi?rid=dcp2.chapter.4129.
    • Consulting on the Access to Benefits Coalition Web site, developed to help Medicare beneficiaries sort out their prescription drug benefits, 2006,

Managing Editor, Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), U.S. Congress (1993-95). 

  • Advised the OTA director, assistant directors, program managers, and project managers on strategies to improve the quality of OTA reports to Congress and related publications, including congressional testimony, report briefs, press releases, and journal articles. 
  • Managed the writing, editing, and production of about 50 multiauthor reports to Congress on national policy issues involving science and technology-health care issues such as the prevention and treatment of AIDS; environmental issues such global warming and biodiversity; national security issues such as curbing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and so forth.
  • Wrote or edited eight-page report summaries and press releases for OTA reports. 
  • Coordinated report production and release strategies with the OTA director, assistant directors, congressional affairs office, publishing office, and program and project staff. 

Senior Analyst, Health and Life Sciences Division, Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress (1986-93). 

  • Major contributor to several highly regarded studies on topics related to the economic impacts of health care reform proposals, Indian health care, adolescent health, the safety, efficacy, and cost of specific medical technologies, AIDS, and health information for consumers. 
  • Wrote and edited articles for OTA's column in the Journal of the American Medical Association. 

Division Editor, Health and Life Sciences Division, Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress (1982-85). 

  • Substantively edited several highly regarded reports on commercial applications of biotechnology, the safety and efficacy of specific medical technologies, treatment for alcoholism, children's mental health, the regulation of medical devices, and AIDS/HIV. 

Freelance Writer/Editor, Washington, DC (1977-82). 

  • Wrote and edited newsletters, brochures, press releases, speeches, fund-raising letters and proposals, how-to books, and magazine articles.  Supervised and coordinated the efforts of word-processing specialists, typesetters, graphic artists, proofreaders, and printers to produce camera-ready copy. 


  • Middlebury College, B.A., Political science/economics
  • Dickinson College/Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, Bologna, Italy; Junior Year Abroad
  • Centro Intercultural de Documentacion, Cuernavaca, Mexico