New HRSA Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kyu Rhee
Dr. Kyu Rhee was recently announced as the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) new chief public health officer. Dr. Rhee is a primary care physician trained in internal medicine and pediatrics.
In his new position, Dr. Rhee will be responsible for reinvigorating a strong HRSA-wide public health agenda; reviewing program and policies from a public health perspective; strategically working more closely with state and local health departments to promote disease prevention and healthier living activities; and advising population health issues.
In addition to years of providing health care to the medically underserved at HRSA-supported health centers, Dr. Rhee has extensive experience in health care policy and has led Federal efforts to reduce disparities in health outcomes among U.S. population groups.
Prior to joining HRSA, Dr. Rhee was the director of the Office of Innovation and Program Coordination at the National Institutes of Health’s National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Before that, he was 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 the Upper Cardozo 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 and did his residency 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. He received his bachelor degree from Yale University in molecular biophysics and biochemistry.