Boston Medical Center’s exceptional leaders bring their expertise, wisdom, and innovative ideas to helping us achieve our mission of providing exceptional and equitable care for all.

Check out our videos below to learn more about what brought our leaders to BMC and their thoughts on current opportunities and challenges for healthcare. Over the coming weeks, we'll continue to add insights by other members of BMC's leadership team. 

Alastair Bell, President and CEO of BMC Health System

Alastair Bell, MD, MBA, president and interim CEO of the BMC Health System, joined BMC in 2012 with the goal of reimagining equitable care in the communities we serve. Since then, he’s demonstrated his commitment to empowering our patients and members to thrive and has been a champion of system growth. In this short video, Alastair explains why he moved to the United States from the UK, who’s had the biggest influence on his life, what inspires him, his one wish for the future of health care, and much more. Get to know Alastair and find out more about his vision for BMC Health System, as we rewrite the definition of healthcare through clinical excellence, research, innovation, and equitable care.

Sarah Carignan Arbelaez, SVP, Clinical Services

In her role as Senior Vice President of Clinical Services, Sarah Carignan Arbelaez partners with clinical and administrative teams across BMC’s ambulatory and hospital services to enhance outcomes, health equity and access, and the overall experience for our patients. From a young age, Sarah was deeply moved by the profound impact of social determinants of health on patients and their families. Watch this video to learn more about Sarah’s journey and her dedication to making a positive difference for our patients and communities.

Megan Bair-Merritt, Chief Scientific Officer

In February 2023, Megan Bair-Merritt, MD, MSCE, became Boston Medical Center's first-ever Chief Scientific Officer. As a clinician-researcher who has committed her career to clinical care, equity, and research, Dr. Bair-Merritt is helping to lead BMC’s world-class, interdisciplinary research while advancing health and racial equity. In this short video, Dr. Bair-Merritt explains what made her fall in love with BMC and our mission.

Joy Brown, Chief Digital Information Officer

Joy Brown, BMC Health System Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Information Officer, joined us in February and is leading the strategy for improving our health system’s operations through technology while developing and enhancing our digital health capabilities that improve healthcare access and the digital experience for our patients. Hear more about Joy’s vision in this short video.

Joe Camillus, Chief Operating Officer

Since joining BMC in 2011, Joe Camillus has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to delivering high-quality, equitable care to our patients and communities. Joe has made significant contributions that have positively impacted patient experience, including improving access and patient flow.

In this short video, the Pittsburgh-native talks about his thoughts for the future of healthcare and his journey to BMC, including moving to the U.S. with his family as a baby. “I really thank my parents for guiding me and helping me get to a job where I feel like I can make a contribution back to people who really need it.”

Rachel Felix, Chief Marketing & Growth Officer

When Rachel Felix, BMCHS Chief Marketing & Growth Officer, moved to Boston, she felt drawn to join an organization focused on mission-based work. In this short video, Felix talks about how she’s elevating the brand of BMCHS to help connect and drive better outcomes for our patients and families.

David McAneny, Chief Medical Officer

David McAneny, MD has devoted his professional career to surgical oncology. As BMC’s Chief Medical Officer, he now oversees physicians and advanced practice providers in their delivery of exceptional and equitable care to all of our patients and their families. Dr. McAneny first came to BMC (then Boston City Hospital and University Hospital) as a resident and returned after fellowship. He says the people — our patients and staff — have kept him here ever since. Learn more about more about Dr. McAneny, including what makes him proud of BMC, in the video below.

Elijah Paintsil, Chief of Pediatrics

As BMC’s Chief of Pediatrics, Dr. Paintsil is committed to delivering expert pediatric care and reimagining the experience of care so our patients can thrive. His perspective on patient care traces back to his formative experiences in Ghana, a place he holds as the most beautiful on Earth. In the video below, Dr. Paintsil shares how his upbringing in Ghana inspired his dream of becoming a doctor.