Ken Coelho

Ken Coelho
Ken Coelho
Assistant Professor

Ken R. Coelho is the Director of Graduate and Continuing Medical Education at Alameda Health System (AHS), an integrated public health care system organized as a public hospital authority comprising five hospitals and four outpatient clinics in the San Francisco bay area. Prior to taking on this role, Ken served as a Senior Clinical Quality Improvement Manager. Prior to joining AHS, he was the Director of Quality Improvement and Assurance at the Institute on Aging (IOA), a San Francisco-based non-profit dedicated to preserving the dignity, independence and well-being of aging adults and people living with disabilities. In this role, Ken reported to the Chief Operating Officer driving process improvement and support for all quality improvement activities.

Ken’s interests include accreditation and leadership development; graduate medical education; public health, global health & epidemiology; and quality & patient safety. He has over 15 years of experience in healthcare and quality improvement, accreditation, analytics and operations.  He has experience in educating, managing and leading teams in support of continuous process improvement and change management. He has experience working in the public and county health services in City/County of San Francisco and County of Alameda, as well as with academia. Ken also served as the Accreditation Manager in the graduate medical education at the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Medicine.

Ken has participated in the Bay Area Patient Safety Collaborative Leadership Institute and has completed the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Certificate in Quality and Patient Safety. He previously served on the board of the United Nations Association of San Francisco, and Goa Sudharop. He is also an accreditation site visitor for the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) and member of the ACGME Osteopathic Principles Committee. He has completed doctoral studies in health sciences at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, and has completed the master’s program in Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, and the Fellowship in Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. He completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He was recently elected Fellow of the U.K. Royal Society for Public Health.

Motto: "In the words of Mahatma Karamchand Gandhi, “Be the Change you wish to see in the world” by being the best version of your authentic self in service to others, especially for those in underserved communities around you; and achieve all your educational and professional goals with honesty, integrity, and a high degree of professionalism and accountability."


Kodali, S., Becerra, M., & Coelho, K. Health of South Asians in the United States: An Evidence-Based Guide for Policy and Program Development. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Health. 2017; 177-192. View Publication

Coelho, KR. & Belden, C. International Journal of Medicine & Public Health. A Systematic Review of the Literature on the Relationship between Caste Membership and Health-Related Risk Factors in India. 2016; 6(2):61-68. View Publication

Coelho KR. Polio eradication in 6 years: fact or fiction? Int J Prev Med. 2014 Jul; 5(7):924-5. PMID: 25105009; PMCID: PMC4124575. View in: PubMedPubMed Central

Coelho KR. Significance of the development of a cardiovascular disease surveillance and reporting system in India. Indian J Palliat Care. 2013 Sep; 19(3):131-8. PMID: 24347902; PMCID: PMC3853390. View in: PubMedPubMed Central

Coelho KR. Challenges of the oral cancer burden in India. J Cancer Epidemiol. 2012; 2012:701932. PMID: 23093961; PMCID: PMC3471448. View in: PubMedPubMed Central 

Coelho, KR & Nguyen, V. Racial Disparities in Healthcare: Are We Prepared for the Future? Brief Report on Emergency Medical Services in a County Health Department in California. ISRN Emergency Medicine. 2012; 2012. View Publicatio

Coelho KR, Galan C. Physician cross-cultural nonverbal communication skills, patient satisfaction and health outcomes in the physician-patient relationship. Int J Family Med. 2012; 2012:376907. PMID: 22792459; PMCID: PMC3389700. View in: PubMedPubMed Central 

Coelho KR. Emotional Intelligence: An Untapped Resource for Alcohol and Other Drug Related Prevention among Adolescents and Adults. Depress Res Treat. 2012; 2012:281019. PMID: 22570777; PMCID: PMC3337593. View in: PubMedPubMed Central 

Coelho, KR. International Journal of Collaborative Research on Internal Medicine & Public Health. Bridging the divide for better health-Harnessing the power of emotional intelligence to foster an enhanced clinician-patient relationship. 2012; 4(3):181-188. View Publication

Coelho KR. Identifying telemedicine services to improve access to specialty care for the underserved in the San Francisco safety net. Int J Telemed Appl. 2011; 2011:523161. PMID: 22187550; PMCID: PMC3236479. View in: PubMedPubMed Central 

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