Elisabeth McSherry, MD, MPH

Elisabeth McSherry, MD, MPH

National Research Consultant, VA National Chaplains Office
Elisabeth McSherry, MD, MPH


Dr. Elisabeth McSherry, Co-PI on Spiritual Maturation Model Methodology, is currently researching adult spiritual dimension assessment methodologies and approaches. The study is in the early planning stages for the New "CAT" - a computer customized patient assessment model. The study hopes to measure outcomes for seriously-ill hospitalized patients related to their self-assessed levels of religious commitment and other spiritual measures.

Dr. McSherry graduated Cum Laude from Harvard in Chemistry, and received her MD from Columbia Physicians and Surgeons. She later received MPH from the Boston University School of Public Health. In 1963, she Interned at San Francisco General, followed by residency in Pediatrics at Babies Hospital (through Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center) and UCSF. She later participated in a fellowship and became faculty at UCSF, ending as an Associate Professor in Pediatrics. Dr. McSherry is well-recognized for her work in identifying 3 new variants and related new therapy in Renal Tubular Acidosis in Infants & Children. Then, as National DSS Director of Data Systems Development, she served in National VA, setting up a Clinical Management Information and Decision-Making system in 172 hospitals for Cost, Quality and Patient Case Analysis. Since 1983, Dr. McSherry has been actively researching the Spiritual Dimension of Healthcare in children and adults. She has developed clinical assessments (SPA; Spiritual Semi-Structured Interview & Spiritual part of the Dartmouth Health Inventory); and Clinical Chaplain products for both In- and Out-patients, and has described and measured chaplain workloads. She has also worked on the cost-efficiency of chaplaincy studies and on projects identifying spiritual growth as central to full spiritual health.