|NCMHD Announces Physician And Policy Maker As New Director
Of Office Of Innovation And Program Coordination
Dr. Kyu Rhee, a primary care physician and member of the Institute
of Medicine (IOM) committee that assessed the National Institutes
of Health (NIH) plan to eliminate health disparities, has been
named director of the Office of Innovation and Program Coordination
(OIPC) at the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities
(NCMHD) at the NIH. Dr. Rhee and his staff will seek, identify,
and then support innovative ideas and programs to better serve
the medically underserved and eliminate health disparities.
"We view OIPC as an important step forward in the development
of NCMHD," said John Ruffin, Ph.D., director, NCMHD. "We
are pleased to have Dr. Rhee's extensive clinical and policy making
experience leading this effort."
Rhee's career has focused on treating poor patients and helping
make public policy regarding ways to improve their care. He's been
the medical director at community health centers and played a pivotal
role at the IOM in reviewing whether the NIH's efforts to eliminate
health disparities have been successful.
"Dr. Rhee has been on the front lines in the fight to eliminate
health disparities," said Dr. Ruffin. "As NCMHD looks
to support the best new research ideas in this area we feel Dr.
Rhee will help identify what can work best."
"This new office at NCMHD can help bring about the kind of
change suggested in the IOM report; Examining the Health Disparities
Research Plan of the National Institutes of Health: Unfinished
Business," said Dr. Rhee. "To be successful I feel our
work must be transformational, trans-disciplinary, and translational."
Prior to coming to NCMHD, Rhee served five years as a National
Health Service Corps scholar, primary care physician, and Medical
Director of community health centers in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore,
Md. Most recently, Rhee served as the Chief Medical Officer
of Baltimore Medical System, the largest network of community health
centers and school based health sites serving the underserved in
Rhee is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the George Washington
University School of Public Health and currently serves on: the
Institute of Medicine Roundtables on Health Literacy and Health
Disparities; the American Medical Association's Commission to End
Health Disparities; and the editorial board of the Journal of Health
Care for the Poor and Underserved.
Rhee is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. He
did his residency and served as a Chief Resident in Internal Medicine
and Pediatrics at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.
He received his M.D. from the University of Southern California
and received a Masters degree in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy
School of Government, Harvard University.
The NCMHD (http://www.ncmhd.nih.gov)
is a component of the NIH. The NCMHD promotes minority health and
leads, coordinates, supports and assesses the NIH effort to eliminate
health disparities. The NCMHD programs focus on expanding the nation's
ability to conduct research and to build a diverse culturally-competent
research workforce to eliminate health disparities.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's
Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and
Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting
and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research,
and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both
common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and
its programs, visit www.nih.gov.