Kalkidan Bekele, MD
Dr. Kalkidan Bekele, an actively practicing physician in Sint Maarten for the past 15 years, joined the AUC family as a visiting faculty member in 2016. She was appointed to full-time faculty in July 2020.
Dr. Bekele’s work has been primarily through the ER team at St. Maarten Medical Center. Her work teaching ER bedside skills grew a passion for academic medicine, which she has further cultivated at AUC. With an interest in disaster medicine, emergency medicine, and caring for the underserved, Dr. Bekele has been involved in island-wide public health initiatives, including participating in Sint Maarten’s med-evacuation team. She managed a local air ambulance company for many years as a medical director and medevac doctor of ICU patients, which involved transporting and managing critical patients.
Dr. Bekele is actively involved in the community of Sint Maarten along with AUC. She has worked on the island of Anguilla and the Commonwealth of Dominica where she also did internships after graduating from international medical school in Havana, Cuba.