Dr. Michelle Arzubi-Hughes

(757) 668-9247
Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics

Pediatric Emergency Medicine


Medical School: NY College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: Phoenix Children's Hospital

Fellowship: Children's Mercy Hospital


Dr. Arzubi-Hughes has had a wide variety of international and national experience since she was born.  She grew up speaking Spanish at home – her parents immigrated from Argentina – as well as German. Dr. Arzubi-Hughes grew up in Boeblingen, Germany, for six years and went to German school during her formative years before returning to the United States and completing high school in Vermont.

Her love of travel and desire to learn about the world led her to cross the United States and attend University in California.

While at the University of California-Berkeley, Dr. Arzubi-Hughes was on the varsity crew and was invited to try out for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team. During the years between her undergraduate and graduate training, she dedicated two years in the Peace Corps, teaching health and physical education to secondary school children.

She followed that with research in biochemistry at a pharmaceutical company while an interpreter at Yale New Haven Hospital.

She then discovered her love for taking care of patients, and dedicated her life to medicine. At New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, she dedicated an extra year at medical school and became a fellow in osteopathic manipulative medicine.

Her outside interests include singing, windsurfing, triathlons, hiking and her family.

Additional Languages
  • Spanish
  • German
Clinical Interests
  • Resuscitation
  • Trauma
  • Relationship with adult hospitals
Research Areas
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Smoking cessation

Honors & Awards
  • Virginia Business Magazine "Top Doc" 2024
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc" 2017-2022
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • American Medical Association
  • Pediatric Trauma Society
A Note From Dr. Arzubi-Hughes

"CHKD is such a unique environment of physicians and peers from all over the country. It coincides with the international feel from the NATO families in the area, as well as the transitional families in the military. When you come to CHKD, there is no sense of being an outsider. We welcome you with open arms from the first day."

Recent Publications

Smoking Cessation Level of Contemplation in the Pediatric Emergency Department. Academy of Pediatrics & Neonatology. July 2018

Arzubi-Hughes MK1, Salts LA2, Weller MA3. Diagnosing and managing common genital emergencies in pediatric girls.
Pediatr Emerg Med Pract. 2018 Oct;15(10):1-23. Epub 2018 Oct 1.