Dennis Kuo is a primary care pediatrician with a special interest in children with disabilities and medical complexity. He is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University at Buffalo, Division Chief of General Pediatrics at UBMD Pediatrics and an attending physician at Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, NY. His academic work has focused on family-centered care and family-identified health care needs of children with medical complexity, and more recently has evolved to care coordination design and health care system reform.
Dr. Kuo’s interest in family-centered care dates back when he was a practicing pediatrician in New Jersey that cared for numerous children with special health care needs. He has been a Board Member of Parents’ Place of Maryland, and while in Arkansas, he helped found the Arkansas Family-2-Family Health Information Center and remained as a Steering Committee member assisting with staff training and project collaboration. Dr. Kuo has held numerous grants in Arkansas and New York funded by the Health Services and Resources Administration, including the Arkansas System of Care State Implementation Grant for Children with Special Health Care Needs and the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems project. He is the current Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Children With Disabilities (COCWD), following six years of serving on the Executive Committee of the COCWD.
Dr. Kuo’s older daughter was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis (JA) in 2005 when she was five years old. Dr. Kuo and his wife, Kathrine, have connected with many families and devoted many volunteer hours to the Arthritis Foundation advocating for awareness of JA.
Dr. Kuo is a graduate of Williams College, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He completed his pediatrics residency training at the University of North Carolina Hospitals and his fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University, and he previously served on the faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.