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Dr Abarca completed his medical training at the ITESM/University of Valencia. He completed training and a residency program in Microbiology/Infectious Diseases at Complutense University in Madrid, Spain and has worked as a Consultant at SQCCCRC since 2021, acting as Infectious Diseases HOD.
He coordinates inpatient and outpatient infection associated diagnosis, controls the antimicrobial stewardship program and collaborates with Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), Clinical Pharmacy and Microbiology Departments.
Prior to joining the Centre, Dr Abarca held a series of roles over a 20-year career in the medical field, including the role of Infectious Diseases Consultant in the United Kingdom, Consultant in Infectious Diseases in Saudi Arabia (KSA), and several roles as Consultant of Clinical Microbiology/Infectious Diseases Department in Madrid, Spain. Currently collaborating as Associate Lecturer and professor for European University of Madrid (Spain), University of Leeds (UK) and Complutense University (Spain).
He is member of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Spanish Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, British Society for Antimicrobial Therapy, Spanish Medical Council.
Clinical interests: Sepsis management, multidrug-resistant organisms, Immunocompromised patient, Tuberculosis, bone and joint infections, biofilm-related infections and COVID-19.