Christian Arbelaez, MD, MPH
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Emergency Medicine

MD, University of Texas Medical Branch
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health
BS, Houston Baptist University

Christian Arbelaez is the Department of Emergency Medicine Chief at Boston Medical Center and Chair at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. Previously, he was Vice Chair of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and prior to that, 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 (BWH) in Boston.

He is recognized as a leader nationally and has been an invited speaker for his work around clinical innovation in the areas of HIV testing in the ED, physician leadership development, 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 BWH, and recently in St. Marc’s, Haiti with Partners in Health. He has been awarded the Dennis Thomson Leadership Award, the James Adams Leadership Award, and the Best Teacher Award at the BWH. He was recently awarded the Young Mentor Award at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Arbelaez earned his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed his post-graduate training at the Brown Medical School Residency Program in Emergency Medicine and was selected as a Chief Resident his final year. He earned his Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health as part of the Commonwealth Fund Minority Health Policy Fellowship.

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Emergency Medicine

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  1. Patiño AM, Chen J, DeVos EL, Lee JA, Anderson K, Banks M, Herard K, Kharel R, Kivlehan S, Arbelaez C. Emergency Medicine Around the World: Analysis of the 2019 American College of Emergency Physicians International Ambassador Country Reports. J Am Coll Emerg Physicians Open. 2022 Apr; 3(2):e12681. PMID: 35252974; PMCID: PMC8886186; DOI: 10.1002/emp2.12681;
  2. Madsen TE, Heron S, Lall MD, Blomkalns A, Arbelaez C, Lopez B, Lin M, Rounds K, Sethuraman KN, Safdar B. Institutional solutions addressing disparities in compensation and advancement of emergency medicine physicians: A critical appraisal of gaps and associated recommendations. Acad Emerg Med. 2022 Jun; 29(6):710-718. PMID: 35064998
  3. Reynolds CW, Duarte A, Fricke A, Gómez Restrepo C, Patiño A, Arbelaez C, Moretti K, Aguiar LG. Supporting healthcare workers caring for ex-combatants: incentives among Colombian providers with FARC ex-combatants. Glob Public Health. 2022 Nov; 17(11):3005-3021. PMID: 35132944
  4. Moretti K, Aluisio AR, Gallo Marin B, Chen CJ, González Marqués C, Beaudoin FL, Clark M, Patiño A, Carranza H, Duarte A, Moreno A, Aguiar LG, Arbelaez C. Confidence and knowledge in emergency management among medical students across Colombia: A role for the WHO basic emergency care course. PLoS One. 2022; 17(1):e0262282. PMID: 35061787; PMCID: PMC8782416; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0262282;
  5. Reynolds CW, Aguiar LG, Arbelaez C, Restrepo CG, Patiño A, Carranza H, Pileika L, Duarte A. Healthcare access barriers for FARC ex-combatants in Colombia: qualitative perspectives from healthcare providers and FARC health promoters. BMC Public Health. 2021 01 08; 21(1):102. PMID: 33419406; PMCID: PMC7792039; DOI: 10.1186/s12889-020-10062-3;
  6. Tupesis JP, Lin J, Nicks B, Chiu A, Arbalaez C, Wai A, Jouriles N. Leadership Matters: Needs Assessment and Framework for the International Federation for Emergency Medicine Administrative Leadership Curriculum. AEM Educ Train. 2021 Jul; 5(3):e10515. PMID: 34027280; PMCID: PMC8122125; DOI: 10.1002/aet2.10515;
  7. Reynolds CW, Aguiar LG, Moretti K, Duarte A, Romero FAR, Patiño A, Fricke A, Zarama V, Moreno A, Carranza H, Arbelaez C. Evaluating emergency physicians' knowledge, attitudes, and experiences of FARC ex-combatants: A pilot study of Colombia's emergency medicine teaching hospitals. J Am Coll Emerg Physicians Open. 2020 Oct; 1(5):757-765. PMID: 33145516; PMCID: PMC7593466; DOI: 10.1002/emp2.12066;
  8. Moretti K, Patiño A, Aguiar L, Fricke A, Lippmann M, Caffrey J, Gray A, Navedo M, Arbelaez C. From Rhode Island to Colombia: Brown University Emergency Physicians Lead a Collaborative Consortium in a Post-Conflict Colombia. R I Med J (2013). 2019 Sep 03; 102(7):40-43. PMID: 31480819
  9. Madsen TE, Heron SL, Rounds K, Kass D, Lall M, Sethuraman KN, Arbelaez C, Blomkalns A, Safdar B. Making Promotion Count: The Gender Perspective. Acad Emerg Med. 2019 03; 26(3):335-338. PMID: 30628138; DOI: 10.1111/acem.13680;
  10. Patiño A, Alcalde V, Gutierrez C, Romero MG, Carrillo AM, Vargas LE, Vallejo CE, Zarama V, Mora Rodriguez JL, Bustos Y, Granada J, Aguiar LG, Menéndez S, Cohen JI, Saavedra MA, Rodriguez JM, Roldan T, Arbelaez C. Characteristics of Emergency Medicine Residency Programs in Colombia. West J Emerg Med. 2017 Oct; 18(6):1120-1127. PMID: 29085546; PMCID: PMC5654883; DOI: 10.5811/westjem.2017.7.34668;
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Hospitals feel the heat as climate change bakes Boston

The Boston Globe 7/25/2022

Heat wave brings more people to the hospital, impacts the vulnerable

WBUR 7/23/2022

Boston restaurants shift to indoor dining to combat brutal heat

WHDH 7/22/2022

Boston hospital confronts surge in COVID-19 patients

WBUR 1/13/2022

Dr. Arbelaez Becomes First in RI to Receive 2nd Vaccine Dose

Providence Journal 1/21/2021

Médico colombiano Christian Arbeláez recibe segunda dosis de la vacuna COVID

El Mundo Boston 1/8/2021

Health care workers start receiving second dose of vaccine

WJAR-NBC 10 1/2/2021

Lifespan doctor becomes first in RI to receive 2nd dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

WPRI 1/2/2021

Doctor de Rhode Island recibe segunda dosis vacuna contra el COVID-19

Telemundo (Boston) 1/1/2021

R.I. doctor, awaiting his second vaccine dose, warns that ‘We’re really in the tsunami of this pandemic’

Boston Globe 12/30/2020

Inyección de confianza para EE. UU.: Mike Pence se vacunó en público contra el COVID-19

Caracol TV (Colombia) 12/18/2020

¿Qué se siente vacunarse contra el COVID? Escuche la experiencia de médico colombiano ya inmunizado

Blu Radio (Colombia) 12/16/2020

Hospital doc receives first COVID-19 vaccine in Rhode Island

Associated Press 12/14/2020

Emocionado y con la voz quebrada, así recibió la vacuna contra el COVID-19 este doctor latino

Telemundo (national) 12/14/2020

Latino es el primer vacunado contra el COVID-19 en Rhode Island

Telemundo (Boston) 12/14/2020

A Latino doctor was the first person in Rhode Island to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Now he wants to be an example for his community

Boston Globe 12/14/2020

RI Hospital emergency doctor gets state's first COVID vaccine shot

Providence Journal 12/14/2020

First COVID-19 shots given in Rhode Island

WJAR-NBC 10 12/14/2020

VIDEO NOW: RI Hospital emergency physician speaks about receiving vaccine 12/14/2020

Frontline healthcare workers at RI Hospital receive state’s first doses of COVID-19 vaccine 12/14/2020

Watch: Doctor receives 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Rhode Island 12/14/2020

2020 American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP): International Ambassador Leadership Award
2020 TeleCare Team, Brown Emergency Medicine: Foundation Leadership Award
2019 Society for Academic Emergency Medicine SAEM: Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion Award
2018 Academy for Diversity & Inclusion in Emergency Medicine ADIEM/Society of Academic Emergency Medicine: Chair Development Scholarship Award
2013 Hispanic Scholarship Fund: “Inspirador” Alumni Hall of Fame Award
2013 YMCA Greater Boston: YMCA Achievers Award
2008 American College of Emergency Physicians: Heroes of Emergency Medicine
2008 Harvard Medical School: Young Mentor Award
2007 Harvard Medical School: Excellence in Mentoring Minority Students
2007 Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency: Best Teacher Award
2007 Brigham and Women’s Hospital: James Adams Leadership Award
2007 Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Dennis Thomson Leadership Award
2006-2013 Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Minority Faculty Career Development Award
2006 Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Shore Fellowship for Scholars Award
2005 Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Partners Excellence Award - Hurricane Katrina
2004 Brown University Emergency Medicine Program: The Senior Resident Excellence Award
2004 Brown University/Lifespan Health System: Haffenreffer House Staff Excellence Award
1998 Association of American Medical College: Organization Student Representative (OSR)
1996 Houston Baptist University: Mr. Houston Baptist University/Outstanding Graduating Senior Award
1993-1999 National Hispanic Fund: National Hispanic Scholarship
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