Elena Arbelo

Elena Arbelo



Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Barcelona, ES

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I was born in Madrid in August 1977 but raised in Gran Canaria where I underwent Medical School and Cardiology Training. I was granted, by the National Ministries of Health and Education and the Sanitas Foundation, the National Award to the Best Resident of all specialties in 2007. That same year, I obtained my PhD Degree by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with Honors (Matricula de Honor “Cum Laude”). I have trained at different renowned international facilities: Centers for Disease Control (Atlanta, USA), Mayo Clinic (Rochester, USA), Ospedale San Raffaele (Milán, Italy), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston, USA) and the Academic Medical Centre (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). I have a Master’s Degree in Research Methodology, Design and Statistics in Health Sciences, by the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), a Master’s Degree in Cardiac Electrophysiology by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) and an Executive Master in Science in Health Economics, Outcomes and Management by the London School of Economics (LSE).

I am currently a consultant in the Cardiovascular Institute of the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona where I work as a Cardiac Electrophysiologist. I am also the coordinator of the Cardiac Genetic Diseases Unit as well as the representative of the Cardiovascular Institute in the Hospital’s Rare Diseases Unit.

Since 2010, I am also an associate professor at the Universitat de Barcelona, and I am actively involved in teaching international fellows that come to our Department. In the field of research, as a recognised researcher of the Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), I am involved in multiple financially supported research projects and I have published >175 original articles in peer-reviewed journals.

I am volunteering as an active member of several committees of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), and the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), including the following at present:

  • ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee.
  • ESC Communication Committee.
  • EHRA Scientific Documents Committee.
  • EHRA representative in health economics, quality and value-based care.
  • HRS Scientific Program Committee.
  • HRS Travel Scholarships Committee.

I was a member of a writing committee of 2019 ESC guidelines for Supraventricular Arrhythmias and the 2020 ESC guidelines for Atrial Fibrillation and the chair of an ESC-EHRA/HRS/APHRS/LAHRS Document on Quality Indicators and Outcomes Measures in Atrial Fibrillation and Flutter. I have also been part of several large scale European Registries to gather data on atrial fibrillation and guideline implementation in these registries and a member of the Working Group of the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) for the development of the Standard Set in Atrial Fibrillation (https://www.ichom.org/portfolio/atrial-fibrillation/).

Finally, I am also contributing (have contributed) to several peer mentoring-coaching initiatives including the EHRA Young Electrophysiologists Group, Speed Mentoring at the ESC Annual Congress, and with the HRS junior Committee members.

Dr Areblo is also an editorial board member of the Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review journal. 


Research areas

Atrial Fibrillation

Sudden Cardiac Death