Dr. Helen Kuroki is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and is licensed to practice medicine in California, Florida, Kentucky, New York and Tennessee. She has served as the Chief Medical Officer of Women’s Care Florida since October 2018.
Dr. Kuroki graduated first in her class, summa cum laude, from Immaculata University in Immaculata, Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Arts in biology and chemistry and a minor in Spanish. She went on to medical school at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She continued on at the University of Pennsylvania Health System for her residency in obstetrics and gynecology and served as the administrative chief resident in her final year of training. Since that time, Dr. Kuroki has worked in a number of community programs in suburban Philadelphia providing general obstetrics and gynecology care to thousands of women with a particular focus on providing care to the indigent.
In 2011, Dr. Kuroki became the inaugural vice president of medical affairs for Riddle Memorial Hospital which is part of the Main Line Health System in the Philadelphia area. During this period of time she focused on initiation of multiple quality and safety initiatives. She also obtained a master’s in health care quality and safety from Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Population Health in 2016 with an award-winning graduation capstone related to prescribing safety challenges associated with using electronic medical record systems. Dr. Kuroki partnered with other administrative leaders to present lectures across the country and around the world on the topic of behaviors of clinical professionals that can impact a culture of safety. Her particular focus was in the area of physician-nurse working relationships.
Dr. Kuroki became the chief medical officer for Catholic Health Initiatives’ Memorial Healthcare System in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and North Georgia. She oversaw all clinical programs for three hospitals, including initiating an EMR system there. She also worked closely with the Hamilton County Medical Society and Tennessee Hospital Association to provide education for patients and providers regarding the nationwide opioid abuse epidemic with a particular focus on use of Narcan to provide lifesaving support to first providers exposed to potent opioid residue in their care of overdose victims.
Dr. Kuroki moved to Tampa in October 2018 to shift her focus to Women’s Care Florida and their goal of developing a comprehensive plan of care for women across the state of Florida and beyond. The program is based on the quadruple aim of enhancing patient experience, improving population health, reducing costs and improving the work life of health care providers. In her short tenure, she has helped to increase the WCF medical staff by more than 100 providers and leads multiple quality initiatives across the organization.