TEDX Billings


Date: October 3, 2015
Location: Cisel Hall, MSUB Campus
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Theme: Innovation in Action

Speaker Bio

Eric ArzubiDr. Eric Arzubi

My name is Dr. Eric Arzubi and in addition to being a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, I am also Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Billings Clinic. Our psychiatry department is the state's largest, with 13 psychiatrists and about 30,000 clinical encounters annually. On one hand, this position affords me the opportunity to impact many thousands of people. On the other hand, trying to deliver mental health services in a rural state like ours comes with many unique challenges that require incredibly innovative solutions. I was born in Vermont, lived in Germany for 6 years in elementary and middle school, and went to Georgetown University to study Science, Technology, and International Affairs. After graduating in 1991, I moved to Argentina, where I worked as Bloomberg News' first Latin American Correspondent. I moved to NYC in 1993 to start a career in finance, ultimately working as a Vice President at Morgan Stanley, where I traded Latin American currencies and government bonds. Inspired by my pediatrician, who, upon my 24th birthday, kindly informed me that I needed to find a grown-up doctor, I decided to leave my life in finance to pursue a medical career. I completed pre-med requirements at Columbia University, and then attended medical school, psychiatry residency, and child/adolescent psychiatry training all at the Yale School of Medicine. My transition from bond trader to child and adolescent psychiatrist took 14 years. Although I am an MD, I consider myself an advocate first. During my training, I became heavily involved in policy and advocacy as the Co-Chair of Public Policy at NAMI of Connecticut. As part of my work, I organized Connecticut's first ever school mental health summit, its first ever gubernatorial candidate debate on child mental health, and I helped to craft a statewide strategic plan for child mental health services. In 2011, the American Association of Medical Colleges gave me the Resident Community Service Award; I was the only one to receive this award out of more than 100,000 residents nationally. I was truly humbled. Just before leaving Connecticut to take my first job as a psychiatrist at Billings Clinic, I was invited by the Governor's Office in Connecticut to be a part of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission to better understand the Newtown school shooting of December 2012 and to help craft recommendations.