Kelly McGarry '87

Kelly McGarry '87 will feature one former male and female student-athlete each month who has gone on to achieve success in the workplace, as well as exhibit the spirit of Brown University within the community. The monthly installments will provide highlights of the selectees’ athletic careers at Brown and offer a glimpse into their current career paths

Alumni Spotlight – Kelly McGarry ‘87

A standout in one of the most successful eras of Brown field hockey, Kelly McGarry and the Bears captured an Ivy League title and placed second twice during the span of 1983-86.  McGarry’s career on College Hill culminated with a First Team All-Ivy selection in 1986 alongside teammate and lacrosse standout, Lauren Becker ’87, as the Bears finished with an 8-4-2 record that season. 

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Brown in 1987 with a degree in Biology, McGarry set her sights to the medical profession, earning an MD from Yale Medical School in 1992.

McGarry earned her first assignment later that year as an intern in general internal medicine at Rhode Island Hospital/Brown Medical School.  From there, after earning Intern of the Year distinction, McGarry continued her residency at Rhode Island Hospital from 1993-95 before serving as Chief Medical Resident from 1995-96, where she earned her Board Certification in internal medicine and RI Medical License.

McGarry returned to her alma mater in 1996 as a clinical instructor at the Brown Medical School, where she remains to this day as the Associate Professor of Medicine at the now-named Alpert Medical School.

Highly regarded as one of the nation’s top physicians, McGarry was listed seven times in the annual Best Doctors in America, a database representing the top 5% of doctors in over 400 subspecialties of medicine.  She was a 2013 nominee for Rhode Island Hospital’s Milton Hamolsky Outstanding Physician Award, an honor presented to a physician that has made exceptional contributions to medicine, medical education, research, and the demonstration of leadership.

McGarry currently serves as an Attending Physician at Rhode Island Hospital, Division of Internal Medicine, Women’s Health Associates.  She also serves as the Director of the Women’s Health Track and Program Director for the General Internal Medicine Residency at the Alpert Medical School.  McGarry has been on 15 Rhode Island Hospital committees since her internship in 1993.

Alumni and fans are encouraged to participate in the Alumni Spotlight nomination process by submitting nominees to Nominations should include: notable career achievements, current occupation, location, recent photos, and notable contributions to the community.