Professor of Emergency Medicine


Christian Arbelaez is the Vice Chair of Academic Affairs at Brown Emergency Medicine at Rhode Island, Hasbro Children’s, The Miriam & Newport Hospitals. He is an Associate Professor at The Alpert Medical School, Brown University. He works closely with the faculty, fellows, residents, departmental and medical school leadership with a focus on the academic mission across all four clinical sites. His efforts span across the spectrum of recruitment, mentorship, diversity & inclusion, wellness, development, advancement, and retention of over 150 faculty and trainees. He is working collaboratively to focus on the departmental missions to provide excellent care, stay in the forefront of medical education, engage in innovation, and advance the science of emergency care - all with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of the local and global communities. 

Dr. Arbelaez is an internationally renowned and recognized innovative leader and expert in international emergency care delivery systems and public health and policy. Previously, he had a proven track record of building constructive, collaborative academic relationships with other academic departments, programs at Harvard medical school, and national and international academic organizations. He has also worked to improve the international emergency care delivery and public health systems in more than 10 countries with a focus and area of expertise in Latin America. Over his 20-year academic career, Dr. Arbelaez has given over 100 presentations and his scholarly work has totaled over 70 publications. Dr. Arbelaez received his MD from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed residency training in the Brown Emergency Medicine program. He has a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He has completed the Executive Education from the HBS/BWH Physician Leadership program and the Hispanic Mid-Career Executive Leadership Fellowship from the NHMA/NYU Wagner School of Public Service Leadership Center.

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