Christian Arbelaez, MD, MPH

Chair, Emergency Medicine

Christian Arbelaez


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.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Emergency Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine


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


  • Published on 2/28/2022

    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.

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  • Published on 2/23/2022

    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.

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  • Published on 2/8/2022

    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.

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  • Published on 1/21/2022

    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.

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  • Published on 1/8/2021

    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.

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  • Published on 8/30/2020

    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.

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  • Published on 5/5/2020

    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.

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  • Published on 9/3/2019

    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.

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  • Published on 2/19/2019

    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.

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  • Published on 9/18/2017

    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.

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