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Christian Arbelaez

Christian Arbelaez, MD, MPH
Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Christian Arbelaez is currently the Assistant Residency Director of the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency Program and the Associate Director of the Office for Multicultural Careers at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Arbelaez has led the design and implementation of several clinical and educational innovative programs at the BWH. These include the implementation of a large scale NIH funded clinical trial evaluating rapid HIV testing in the ED, hospital-wide development guidelines for the care of the critically-ill mechanically vented patient, and a comprehensive core competency assessment program for the Emergency Medicine residency program.

He is recognized as a leader nationally and internationally and has been an invited speaker for his work on clinical and educational innovation in the areas of Emergency Medicine, Public Health, and Workforce Diversity. Dr. Arbelaez has participated in several domestic and international volunteer relief efforts including Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief with the American Red Cross, Gallup Indian Medical Center in the Navajo Nation with the Indian Health Service, and most recently in St. Marc’s, Haiti with the organization Partners in Health. As the ACEP Ambassador for Colombia, he is currently involved in the development of Emergency Medicine as a specialty in his native country.

He has been awarded the Dennis Thomson Leadership Award, the James Adams Leadership Award, and the Best Teacher Award in Emergency Medicine at the BWH. Recently he was honored with the Young Mentor Award at Harvard Medical School and the YMCA Achiever Award. He was named a Fullbright Specialist and a National Hispanic Medical Association Leadership Fellow.

Before coming to the BWH, he earned his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Brown in Rhode Island Hospital and was selected as a chief resident. He earned his Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health as part of the Commonwealth Fund Minority Health Policy Fellowship.

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