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Lynne Kerr, M.D., Ph.D.

Lynne Kerr, M.D., Ph.D.

Lynne M. Kerr, M.D., Ph.D., is a pediatric neurologist at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City, professor (clinical) of pediatrics and adjunct associate professor of neurology at the University of Utah. She received her medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine, completed her residencies in pediatrics and neurology (with special qualification in pediatric neurology) at the University of Utah and received a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Kerr attended Yale University for her undergraduate education and there became interested in the complexities of the nervous system. She majored in neurolinguistics before going on to obtain her Ph.D. in physiology at the University of Virginia. She moved to Utah to do a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Doju Yoshikami in the department of biology. During that time she became increasingly interested in clinical aspects of central nervous system function and so chose to go on to medical school at the University of Utah. She did her pediatric internship and residency and then her neurology residency at the University of Utah. Between starting medical school and finishing her neurology residency, Dr. Kerr had four children.

Dr. Kerr is particularly interested in working with children with chronic conditions and their families. As part of this focus, she has worked on the Medical Home Portal, a website for primary care providers and families of children with special health care needs. Also reflecting this interest, Dr. Kerr has served on numerous community boards and is currently a clinical advisory board member of the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation and was on the community board for the Salt Lake Ronald McDonald House charities.

Dr. Kerr volunteered with a medical education and service mission to Ghana in 2013 and Thailand in 2016. She has previously been on a similar mission to Yanamono, Peru.

Research and clinical interests include quality improvement and headache evaluation and treatment. Dr. Kerr is a pediatric neurologist with the University of Utah Medical Center and works at Primary Children’s Hospital, as well as Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Dr. Kerr’s hobbies include hiking these incredible mountains, playing piano and traveling anywhere in the world.


  • Medical Degree, University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Pediatrics and Neurology Residencies with Special Qualification in Pediatric Neurology), University of Utah
  • PhD in Physiology, University of Virginia
  • American Board of Pediatrics Certified
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Certified (Sub: Child/Adol)
  • United Council for Neurologic Sub-specialties Certified (Headache Medicine)

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