Dr. Kate Tulenko is a globally recognized expert in health workforce and health systems, the former Director of the US government’s global health workforce project, and the former coordinator of the World Bank’s Africa health workforce program. She has served on expert panels for the WHO, the American Hospital Association, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Aspen Institute. She is currently serving Operation Smile as Senior Vice President of Health Systems Strengthening to help increase the surgical capacity of 40 hospitals as part of Operation Smile’s 40th anniversary.
Previously, Dr. Tulenko founded and served as CEO of Corvus Health, a global health workforce social impact firm which solves health workforce challenges through a novel set of approaches including team redesign, workflow optimization, increasing staff retention, reducing staff burnout, training, HR management, productivity and quality improvement, recruitment, and advisory services. Corvus Health’s clients include hospitals and health systems, medical and nursing schools, insurance companies, the World Bank, Tata Trusts, GE Healthcare, and private equity firms. Dr. Tulenko has also served as Director of CapacityPlus, the USAID’s flagship global health workforce project; as Vice President, Health Systems Innovation, for IntraHealth International, a global non-profit health systems contractor; and as coordinator of the World Bank’s Health Workforce Program. She received a Rainer Arnhold Fellowship for innovation in global development, was named one of “50 Women Experts in Global Health Security” by Women in Global Health, and one of “300 Women Leaders in Global Health” by the Geneva Graduate Institute of Development Studies, has published widely, including in the New York Times and Foreign Policy, and is an occasional global health commentator for Fox Business News and the Chinese Global Television Network. She received her bachelors in biochemistry from Harvard, her masters in history and philosophy of science from Cambridge University, her MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and her MPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health where she is an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Systems. Follow her on twitter at @ktulenko.