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BWFH Announces New Chief of Emergency Medicine

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León Sánchez, MD, will become the new Chief of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, effective December 1, 2020.  Dr. Sánchez currently serves as Vice Chair for Network Operations for the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Medical Director for the Transfer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, as well as Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

In his current roles, Dr. Sánchez oversees the day-to-day operations of an emergency department with 55,000 annual visits and has varying degrees of operational responsibilities and physician staffing decisions at seven affiliated community hospitals.  In addition, his role as Medical Director for the Transfer Center calls on him to manage transfers throughout the BIDMC network for both inpatient and emergency department patients.

He received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, completed his internship in internal medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center and his residency in emergency medicine at Jacobi Medical Center/Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.

Dr. Sánchez has a lengthy list of research projects that he has both completed and continues to work on that have traditionally focused on emergency care and also serves on the editorial boards for the International Journal of Emergency Medicine and Internal and Emergency Medicine.

He grew up in Puerto Rico until he moved to Cambridge to attend Harvard for college. He has been back in Cambridge for the last six years, now with his wife Ami and one-year old daughter Mina Kiara.

Dr. Sánchez succeeds Dr. Luis Lobón, who has served as Chief of Emergency Medicine at BWFH and Vice Chair of Community Emergency Medicine for Brigham Health since 2014, where he has been instrumental in integrating the BWH and BWFH emergency medicine teams into the Brigham Health vision of our practice today. Dr. Lobón has graciously agreed to stay on in his leadership role until the arrival of Dr. Sanchez.

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