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About Helen Rho

Dr. Helen Rho decided at a young age that she wanted to be a doctor. As a child of physician parents, she enjoyed visiting her mother’s pediatric clinic to watch her work in between patient appointments. “Watching my mother was really quite interesting to me as I was growing up,” Dr. Rho explains. “I loved all of my parents’ stories and had my heart set on becoming a physician early in life.”

When the time came to start her academic journey toward medical school, Dr. Rho enrolled at Columbia University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering. She went on to earn a PhD in Biochemistry at North Carolina State University and her Doctor of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University-Medical College of Virginia.

After medical school, Dr. Rho completed a dual-residency program for Internal and Family Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. “I got the best of both worlds in this program,” she said. “I received a broad scope of experience treating people of all ages – from newborns to older adults -- in both outpatient clinic and inpatient hospital settings.”

As Dr. Rho considered her next move, she was drawn to launching her medical practice "out West”, where her family often vacationed. With family already living in Boulder, she and her husband chose to relocate at the foot of the Flatirons.

Boulder Medical Center was a natural choice for Dr. Rho, especially since she was interested in joining a multi-specialty practice. “I was ecstatic that I could come in and meet a group of primary care providers and specialists who work together to make their patients’ lives better,” she said. “The physicians and staff were happy and engaged and I came away with a warm feeling about opening my practice here.”

As part of Boulder Medical Center’s Internal Medicine group, Dr. Rho looks forward to applying her extensive scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to preventing, diagnosing, and caring for patients ages 14 and over.

Regarding her philosophy of care, Dr. Rho takes a collaborative approach to health that is based on shared decision-making between patient and doctor. She also enjoys building relationships. “My patients make my day,” she said. “Meeting new people and working with them over the longterm creates a life-long bond. Being here for my patients to help them improve their health really gets me going.”

When not seeing patients, Dr. Rho loves to run, hike, ski, mountain bike, and enjoy the outdoors with her family friends. She is also an avid gardener, baker and photographer.

Specialty Areas

As an Internal Medicine doctor, Dr. Rho addresses the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adult diseases. She is trained to assist patients with acute and chronic medical conditions along with multiple concurrent issues. Dr. Rho treats patients ages 14 years and older.

Education and Certifications

  • Undergraduate — Columbia University
    B.S. Biomedical Engineering: Cellular and Tissue Engineering Track
    New York, NY