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Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP

Chief Health Officer, IBM


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Dr. Rhee serves as Chief Health Officer of IBM, where he has global responsibilities for Watson Health and assuring a Culture of Health at IBM.  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 health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable.  While at HRSA, he served on and led numerous national initiatives related to prevention, quality, and public health.  Dr. Rhee 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 served on and led numerous initiatives related to eliminating health disparities and promoting health equity. Prior to his federal government service, he worked in community health 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.  During that time, he taught at the George Washington University School of Public Health, where he received a “Best Teacher” award for his class in Community Health Leadership.

Dr. Rhee was a Chief Resident and performed his medical residency training in both internal medicine and pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Southern California.  Dr. Rhee also holds a master's degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University with a concentration in Health Care Policy. He acquired his Bachelor in Science degree from Yale University in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, where he also served as President of the study body.

In addition to his service on various public and private sector committees and boards, including those sponsored by the Institute of Medicine, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Clinton Foundation, the National Quality Forum, and the National Business Group on Health, Dr. Rhee speaks frequently and has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including American Family Physician, Pediatric Annals, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, and the American Journal of Public Health.