Faculty from Brown Physicians, Inc. Recognized Nationally for Contributions to Emergency Medicine Specialty

May 21, 2019
Dr. Christian Arbelaez, Vice Chair of Academic Affairs at Brown Emergency Medicine at Lifespan/Alpert Medical School.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 21, 2019) — The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) recognized two faculty members from Brown Physicians, Inc. (BPI) during its 30th SAEM Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nev. Selected from a pool of candidates nationally, Dr. Christian Arbelaez and Dr. Brian Clyne were selected as recipients of the prestigious awards for their contributions in the field of emergency medicine.

Dr. Arbelaez, an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs at Brown Emergency Medicine, received SAEM’s Marcus L. Martin Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion Award. This award distinguishes an emergency physician for their extraordinary leadership contributions to the advancement of Diversity and Inclusion in emergency medicine.

For more than 15 years, Dr. Arbelaez has worked to enhance the academic mission of clinical sites with a special emphasis on promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity. “I am honored to receive this award from SAEM,” Dr. Arbelaez said. “The issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity continue to be of the utmost importance across our faculty and trainees and will help address the disparities we see in our communities in the emergency department.”

Dr. Arbelaez, who also serves as the co-chair of BPI’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, holds clinical appointments at Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, Newport Hospital, and Hasbro Children’s Hospital — which are all part of the Lifespan health system. A renowned leader whose scholarly work includes over 70 publications, Dr. Arbelaez has also helped build emergency care systems and public health policies in over 10 countries.

Dr. Brian Clyne, Vice Chair for Education, Department of Emergency Medicine at Lifespan/ Alpert Medical School.

Dr. Brian Clyne, an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Science as well as the Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Lifespan and the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, received the SAEM’s Hal Jayne Excellence in Education Award. This award honors a SAEM member who has made outstanding contributions to emergency medicine through the teaching of others and the improvement of pedagogy.

During his 20-year career, Dr. Clyne has earned national praise for teaching hundreds of medical students and residents and helping shape training programs for aspiring emergency physicians.

“The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine recognizes that education is directly related to the quality of patient care. I am very honored to receive this award, especially considering the impact prior recipients have had on our specialty,” Dr. Clyne said.

Dr. Clyne practices emergency medicine at Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, Newport Hospital, and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. He has published extensively on medical education, leadership development, career planning, and healthcare workforce issues.

The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, comprised of a network of over 6,000 emergency medicine physicians, was founded in 1989 as a non-profit organization dedicated to improving emergency medicine and patient care through the advancement of research and education.

This year, the organization recognized the achievements of emergency medicine specialists across 12 categories. Nominee submissions are reviewed by an Awards Committee based on guidelines for each award.

About Brown Physicians, Inc.

Brown Physicians, Inc. (BPI) is a multi-specialty, physician-led practice group founded and led by faculty members of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. BPI is dedicated to providing outstanding patient care, exceptional medical education, and advances in research to promote better health for the people of Rhode Island and its surrounding communities. BPI is composed of six foundations, which include Brown Dermatology, Brown Emergency Medicine, Brown Medicine, Brown Urology, Brown Neurology, and University Surgical Associates. For more information about BPI, visit: brownphysicians.org.

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