Dr. Tracy Kelly, joined the School of Nursing in February 2019 as program director of our Pediatric Acute Care NP program.

Dr. Kelly brings more than 20 years of experience as an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner and has practiced at a number of noted hospitals, including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Yale New Haven Hospital, Morristown (NJ) Memorial Hospital, and Duke University Medical Center. In addition, she brings more than a decade of experience in the classroom, having taught nursing students at Duke, Yale, and Seton Hall Graduate School of Nursing.

In addition to developing graduate nursing curricula, writing grants, and coordinating research studies, Dr. Kelly’s global work is both expansive and impressive. Most recently, she was the lead pediatric educator for the only tertiary children’s hospital in Sierra Leone, as part of the Welbodi Partnership, located in Freetown. With Partners in Health, she cared for Ebola patients in West Africa in 2014 and 2015, and worked for two years as a clinical mentor for pediatric clinicians and nursing students with the Rwandan Ministry of Health from 2012 to 2014.

Dr. Kelly earned a BSN from Georgetown, an MSN from UVA, and a DNP from Yale, and has been active in her community as a volunteer with the Eyes, Ears, Nose, Paws canine medical training program, as a North Carolina Medical Advisory Disaster Preparedness Team member, and as a board member of Hemophilia of North Carolina.


Journal Articles

Kelly, T., Bekele, A., Kapadia, S.G. et al. (2023). Global competency impact of sustained remote international engagement for students. BMC Medical Education, 23(0), 430.

Kelly, T., & Hurst, A. (2023). Can expired drugs be used ethically in LMICs? Treating pediatric hemophilia. The Journal of Pediatrics, 257, 113269.

Kelly, T. (2021). The first injection. AJN, American Journal of Nursing, 121(5), 63.

Chavez, F., Kelly, T., Kunisch, J., & Kurth, A. (2019). Systems leadership doctor of nursing practice: Global relevance. International Nursing Review, 66(4), 482-489.

Kelly,T. & Lazenby, M. (2018). Developing and validating learning domains, competencies, and evaluation items for global health clinical immersion practicums for graduate‐level nursing programs. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 75(1), 234-252.

Columns, Editorials and Op-Eds

Kelly, T., & Tummala, N. (2022, January 19). Governor should reconsider policy decision that will hurt the environment [Commentary]. Virginia Mercury.