Dr. Chiang Sheng Johnny Kuo is an accomplished amateur musician and a distinguished leader in American healthcare committed to music as a universal language and to healthcare as a basic right for all. Born in Taiwan and raised in New York, Dr. Kuo became passionate about music and medicine at an early age, studying violin at the Manhattan School of Music. In high school, Dr. Kuo was accepted into the prestigious Julliard Pre-College Division where he played with the highly competitive New York Youth Symphony. Dr. Kuo then went on to complete his undergraduate and medical degrees at the State University of New York at Buffalo, as well as a doctorate in Public Health at Columbia University School of Public Health, before combining both of his lifelong passions and completing a master’s degree in Music Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Dr. Kuo has served as a chief executive in various healthcare systems, including 12 years as Chief Operating Officer of New York’s Gracie Square Hospital, part of the New York Presbyterian Hospital healthcare system. In his capacity as heath care administrator, Dr. Kuo received the Distinguished Leadership in Healthcare Commendation by New York City Comptroller Hon. John Liu; and in 2010, the healthcare industry’s leading professional journal, Modern Healthcare, named him one of the Top 25 Minority Healthcare Executives, citing his commitment to the highest quality of patient care and safety and his attention to healthcare in the community. Dr. Kuo is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Administrators, the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management and the American College of Mental Health Administration.
Dr. Kuo has continued to pursue music at the highest amateur levels possible. As president and performing member, Dr. Kuo led the World Civic Orchestra in standing ovation concerts at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Tully Hall. He has performed with the top amateur musicians from all over Asia in the First Asia Amateur Festival Orchestra in Fukuoka, Japan. As part of the World Doctors Orchestra, Dr. Kuo spearheaded highly acclaimed concerts at the Beijing National Concert Hall and the Shanghai Oriental Performing Arts Concert Hall. More recently, Dr. Kuo served as president and performing member of both the World Civic Orchestra and the North American Medical Orchestra.