A Taiwan native, raised in Long Island New York, Dr. Chiang Sheng Johnny Kuo is the eldest of 4 siblings. As an adolescent he developed a passion for both medicine and classical music. In High School he studied the art of Violin at the Manhattan School of Music and succeeded into Julliard Pre-College Division where he earned the privilege to play with the New York Youth Symphony. An honor for young Kuo considering renowned violinist Cho-Liang Lin had played with this orchestra the year before. This level of commitment and passion translated into his college years as he decided and became the first of his siblings to pursue medicine. He completed his undergraduate at University of Buffalo and graduate medical degree at University of Buffalo school of Medicine, Doctor of Public Health at Columbia University School of Public Health and ultimately a Master’s of Art Degree in Music Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Shortly after graduation, Dr. Kuo served in various healthcare positions at the chief executive level most recently at the Brunswick Hospital and New York Gracie Square Hospital, health system with New York Presbyterian Hospital where he has served as Chief Operating Officer for 12 years.
Over the years, Dr. Kuo has earned many accolades. Some of these honors include Distinguished Leadership in Healthcare Commendation by NYC Comptroller Hon. John Liu, Fellowships of the American College of Healthcare Administrators, the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management, the American College of Mental Health Administration, and a recent nomination to the Who’s Who Executive and Professional Registry / Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare. As a person skilled and specializing in healthcare, Dr. Kuo remains dedicated to the ever evolving nature of this industry as a constant leader. In October 2011 he completed the American College Healthcare Executive / Senior Executive Leadership Program as the only full scholarship recipient. His most coveted award was being named one of the Top 25 Minority Healthcare Executives in 2010 by Modern Healthcare. This award reflects his commitment to the highest quality of patient care and safety, and his recognition of the importance of healthcare to his communities.
Dr. Kuo was recently appointment President of North American Medical Orchestra and Past President of the World Civic Orchestra unifying mutual believes that “music can help the world understand and appreciate the differences that too often lead to conflict because its essence is not bound by culture, race or religion; rather it is a universal language that touches the human soul (WCO).”
As President and Orchestra Member, Dr. Kuo has led the WCO to perform in world renowned places like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall, in which both resulted in standing ovations thru its high level presentation and performances. In August 2010 he performed with First Asia Amateur Festival Orchestra in Fukuoka, Japan where Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado graced the group with her presence as Top Supervising Organizer of the First Asia Festival. His continued passion of combining the pleasure of fine music with global medical responsibility is currently reflected as a member of the World Doctor Orchestra, where he has assumed the leadership role as Coordinator of the Beijing and Shanghai, China Concerts. The Orchestra will perform its 8th concert in Beijing National Concert Hall on Dec. 4thand Shanghai Oriental Performing Art Concert Hall on Dec 5th, 2011. As a medical innovator unifying in conviction that “neither national borders nor political or economic interests should limit access to basic healthcare (WDO)”, to a classical instrumentalist believing that music bridges differences, Dr. Kuo’s level of passion and commitment promotes true leadership.