Helen Rho, MD, PhD
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.”
Dr. Rho is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Family Medicine. As part of Boulder Medical Center’s Internal Medicine group, she looks forward to applying her clinical knowledge using an evidence-based approach 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. When appropriate, Dr. Rho partners with medical specialists to provide comprehensive and effective care for her patients. She also enjoys building relationships. “My patients make my day,” she said. “Meeting new people and working with them over the long term creates a life-long bond. Being here for my patients to help them improve their health really inspires me.”
When not seeing patients, Dr. Rho loves to run, hike, ski, mountain bike, and enjoy the outdoors with her family and friends. She is also an avid gardener, baker and photographer.
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. When appropriate, Dr. Rho partners with medical specialists to provide comprehensive and effective care for her patients.
Dr. Rho treats patients ages 14 years and older. She is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Family Medicine.
Education and Certifications
Residency — Eastern Virginia Medical School
Combined Internal Medicine and Family Medicine. Dr. Rho is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Family Medicine.
Medical School — Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine
Graduate School — North Carolina State University
Ph.D. Molecular and Structural Biochemistry
Undergraduate — Columbia University
B.S. Biomedical Engineering: Cellular and Tissue Engineering Track
New York, NY
Board Certification — American Board of Internal Medicine
Board Certification — American Board of Family Medicine
Dr. Helen Rho is Board-Certified in both Family Medicine and Internal Medicine. What does this mean?
- Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)
ABIM certification means a doctor has met rigorous standards and that they have the clinical judgment, skills and attitudes essential for the delivery of excellent patient care.
- Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)
Certification by the ABFM is a meaningful indicator that a doctor has the knowledge, experience, and skills necessary to provide high-quality patient care. ABFM certification is recognized throughout the world as signifying excellence in the practice of Family Medicine.
Dr. Rho is also a member of:
- Colorado Medical Society
- Boulder County Medical Society
Recent Helen Rho Posts
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“My visits with Dr. Rho leave me thoroughly impressed with her diagnostic abilities. She is warm, caring, patient and really listens when you are discussing a symptom or health issue. She gives the most thorough examinations I have ever had, and explains the outcomes of tests and examinations with clarity and patience until you understand. Dr. Rho also goes far and above in her care. I was surprised upon reaching home after one appointment when the phone rang as I walked through the door to find her calling because upon looking at my chart afterward-she had another thought about my condition and made another adjustment to my care-which helped a tremendous amount. In my view-you can't get a doctor better than that! ”Pam in Boulder County, Colo.