Kyu Rhee

Kyu Rhee

Senior Vice President, CVS Health and Chief Medical Officer, Aetna

Dr. Kyu ("Q") Rhee serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Aetna at CVS Health. He and his team lead the integration and delivery of clinical and population  health solutions. He is passionate and grateful to work for a health care innovation company with a simple and clear purpose: "to help people on their path to better  health" from the community to the home to the palm of their hand.  Prior to joining CVS Health, Dr. Rhee was the Chief Health Officer of IBM for a decade. He and his team had global responsibilities for IBM’s efforts to transform health through  the use of data, analytics, artificial intelligence, and services for hospitals, health systems,  providers, health plans, employers, governments, and life science companies across the  world. He was also accountable for the health and safety of the global workforce,  innovating health plan design for billions of global healthcare spending, and assuring a  culture of health.

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. Dr. Rhee also served as 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 HRSA and NIH, he served on and led numerous initiatives related to prevention, health care quality, research, health equity and public health.

Prior to his public service, he worked as a National Health Service Corps primary care physician and Chief Medical Officer in community health settings in Washington, DC and Baltimore. During that time, he taught at the George Washington University School of Public Health, where he received a “Best Teacher” award for his classes in Community Health Leadership and Health Disparities.

Dr. Rhee 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 Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Dr. Rhee also holds a master's degree in Healthcare Policy from the John F. Kennedy School  of Government, Harvard University. 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.