Founder and CEO, Center for Health Professional Schools; Founder and CEO, Corvus Health
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 is currently serving two roles: Founder and CEO of the non-profit Center for Health Professional Schools which is working with partners all over the world to train an additional 1 million health workers over the next ten years; and Founder and CEO of Corvus Health, a global health workforce social enterprise that works to increase access to health workers throughout the world through a novel set of approaches including advisory services, HR management, productivity and quality improvement, school expansion, training, and retention. Corvus Health’s clients include hospitals and health systems, medical and nursing schools, insurance companies, the World Bank, Tata Trusts, GE Healthcare, USAID, and private equity firms. Corvus Health’s achievements include assisting the government of Saudi Arabia with the nationalization of its health workforce, the design of the clinical team for the new hospitals of Ireland’s largest health insurer, and the design of the medical simulation lab for Honoris United University, Africa’s largest private university system.
Dr. Tulenko served as Director of CapacityPlus, the US Agency for International Development’s flagship global health workforce project where she was co-Principal Investigator for the World Health Organization’s work to calculate the 18 million global health worker shortage. She has also served as Vice President, Health Systems Innovation, for IntraHealth International, a global health non-profit where she secured IntraHealth status as an NGO in official relations with WHO and represented IntraHealth as an official delegate to the World Health Assembly. She served as coordinator of the World Bank’s Africa Health Workforce Program, working directly with Ministries of Health, Education, and Finance to plan and implement national health workforce strategies.
She has received a Rainer Arnhold Fellowship for innovation in global development, is listed in Women In Global Health’s list of 50 woman experts in Global Health Security; was named one of “300 Women Leaders in Global Health” by the Geneva Graduate Institute of Development Studies, and has published widely, including in the New York Times and Foreign Policy. Dr. Tulenko speaks widely and is an occasional global health commentator of Fox Business News. She recently delivered the inaugural address of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Eckhert Fazen Health Workforce Lecture Series, and has served on expert panels for the WHO, the American Hospital Association, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Aspen Institute. Dr. Tulenko is an experienced Board member and has served on the boards of Corvus Health, VaxSyna (plant-based vaccines), RightRoom (HR), the Global Business School Network, Children’s Heartlink, the National Physicians Alliance, the Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh Foundation, and the Chesapeake Healthcare Foundation. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Longevity and publishes periodically on WEF’s platform and serves as an associated editor for Wiley’s International Journal of Health Planning and Management. She received her bachelors in biochemistry from Harvard as Phi Beta Kappa class marshal, 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. She is a committed Rotarian and believes in the power of volunteerism and community service to transform the world. Dr. Tulenko is married with two tween daughters and enjoys art, hiking, and being outdoors.