Kyu Rhee

IBM Corporation

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Background

Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP serves as the Vice President of Integrated Health Services at IBM, where he has direct global responsibilities for health, safety, medical, and health benefits design and strategy services. Prior to joining IBM, Dr. Rhee was Chief Public Health Officer at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which is the primary federal agency for improving access to healthcare services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. While at HRSA, he led numerous national initiatives related to prevention, quality, and public health. He also served as the Director of the Office of Innovation and Program Coordination at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is the primary federal agency for research. While at NIH, he led numerous initiatives related to health disparities, innovation, and partnerships. Prior to his federal government service, he worked in community healthcare settings as the Chief Medical Officer of Baltimore Medical System Inc., the largest network of Federally Qualified Health Centers in Maryland. In addition, Dr. Rhee served five years as a National Health Service Corps Scholar and Medical Director at Upper Cardozo Health Center, the largest community health center in Washington, DC.

Dr. Rhee is board-certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. He received his medical degree from the University of Southern California. He did his residency and served as a Chief Resident in internal medicine and pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Rhee also holds a masters degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University with a concentration in Health Care Policy. He received his Bachelor degree from Yale University in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, where he also served as President of the student body.

In addition to having served on various national, regional, and local committees and boards, including those sponsored by the Institute of Medicine, the National Quality Forum, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, and the National Business Group on Health, Dr. Rhee has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles in the American Family Physician, Pediatric Annals, American Journal of Public Health, and the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. He speaks frequently at national, regional, and local meetings, seminars, and conferences.

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