Kerry Forrestal MD, MBA, FACEP

Attending Physician, TidalHealth Peninsula Regional

Dr. Kerry Forrestal, MD started in the field of medicine in 1979 at age 16 he joined his local ambulance and then became one of the youngest people to be licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician in New York. He attended Binghamton University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree with dual majors in Biology and Psychology, which he followed with a Masters in Business Administration. During this time, he also trained to the level of Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Level III (Cardiac/Critical Care). Upon completion of his Masters Degree, he joined the Air National Guard where he served as a Commander’s Advisor on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of the Department of Defense Race Relations Institute (DEOMI).

In 1995, he decided to pursue a medical degree and was admitted to The Renaissance School of Medicine at the State University of New York, Stony Brook University. In addition to serving as the Dean’s Liaison to the class during all four years, he also created Career Cultural Competence organization to foster awareness of cultural issues in medicine across the eleven healthcare schools at Stony Brook University

After completion of his medical degree, he attended and completed a residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. His senior level research involved identifying factors associated with successfully leaving an environment of Domestic Violence. Following residency graduation, he became board certified in Emergency Medicine and ultimately a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. For the past twenty years, Dr. Forrestal has worked in trauma centers as an attending physician in the Emergency Department. In his current role he also serves as the Emergency Department’s Medical Education Director. Additionally, he has taught medicine at The University of Maryland Eastern Shore, an Historically Black College/University and is the Ambassador to Ireland for the American College of Emergency Physicians.

In addition to several medical presentations, Dr. Forrestal has previously published in the field of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Cataclysm: The Myst Clipper Shicaine (2016) and has written a two-act play, Club Hell, which received four Theatre Association of New York Awards (TANYs) in 2012.

This is Dr. Forrestal’s first non-fiction work, which is intended to be the first in a series of patient centric books covering the many types of cancers. The Cancer Journal Project can be seen at