Dr. Farah Shafi
Dr. Farah Shafi 

Notable appointments have been awarded to two physicians who live in Arlington. Dr. Farah Shafi and Dr. Edwin Huang are stepping into new positions with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) and Mount Auburn Hospital, respectively. Both have specializaions in obstetrics and gynecology.

BCBSRI recently announced that its position of chief medical officer has been filled by Dr. Shafi. She is an obstetrician-gynecologist with personal and professional ties to Rhode Island, according to a statement from BCBSRI’s public relations manager.

Shafi was born at a hospital in Providence, R.I., formerly called Lying-In Hospital -- and years later she returned to its successor, Women & Infants Hospital, to complete her residency.

She now lives in Arlington with her family.

“I’m excited to join this wonderful organization and to return to my personal and professional roots in Rhode Island,” Shafi was quoted in a news release in July.

In her new role with BCBSRI, Shafi is set to oversee efforts to manage member health, prevent disease and navigate the healthcare system to access critical services, according to the statement. 

“Among her areas of focus will be youth behavioral health and initiatives to address healthcare disparities such as colorectal cancer screening and maternal health outcomes,” Richard Salit, BCBSRI’s public relations manager, wrote.

Previously, Shafi was deputy chief medical officer of Mass General Brigham Health Plan for seven years. Additionally, Shafi was an attending physician at the Columbia University Medical Center and was an assistant instructor in obstetrics and gynecology at Brown University Medical School. 

Huang now president of nearby hospital

Another Arlington resident, Dr. Edwin Huang, has been named the new president of Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. drhuang.0723Dr. Edwin Huang

According to a news release, Huang has worked in various leadership roles at the hospital throughout the past two years, including his most recent previous position of interim president. 

Executive Vice President of Beth Israel Lahey Health Michael Rowan said that Huang is an accomplished leader with more than 20 years of clinical experience. 

“He consistently displays commitment to and compassion for Mount Auburn patients, families, colleagues and staff. During the challenging times that healthcare has endured, Ed has been a grounding force at Mount Auburn, and we are grateful for his leadership,” Rowan wrote in the statement. 

Teaches at schools in Cambridge, Boston

Huang earlier was associate director of the integrated Brigham and Women's/Massachusetts General Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program. He joined Mount Auburn Hospital in 2012 as chair of obstetrics and gynecology.

Additionally, Huang is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and at Boston University School of Medicine.

“I am honored and grateful for this opportunity to serve my colleagues, patients and the community of Cambridge and surrounding towns,” Huang was quoted as saying. “I have said many times that Mount Auburn Hospital is a special place, and it truly is.” 

Huang earned his medical degree from Tufts School of Medicine and completed his residency at Tufts-affiliated hospitals. 

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This news announcement was published July 31, 2023, based on information from the public relations managers at Blue Cross Blue Shield Rhode Island and Mount Auburn Hospital respectively Brynn O'Connor, YourArlington's assistant to the editor, prepared the copy.