Ms. Brenda J. RoblesNational Institutes of Health Clinical Center

Brenda J. Robles is a California State Certified Medical Interpreter with 21 years of experience in Simultaneous, Consecutive, & Conference Interpreting in Healthcare and Law. Ms. Robles serves as the Language Interpreters Program (LIP) Manager at the National Institutes of Health, Clinical Center since 2006.

Robles possesses extensive linguistic experience in informed consent, diagnostic, ambulatory, interventional procedures, oncology, hospice, and palliative care in the acute care and research settings. In 2001 Robles co-authored The Medical Interpreter/Translator Code of Ethics at Riverside County Regional Medical Center in CA establishing a successful Interpreting Model founded on the standards of confidentiality, accuracy, impartiality, and professional boundaries, patient advocacy. Robles’ commitment to Interpreter Ethics was instrumental in the development and implementation of the current NIH CC Policy & Procedures Manual for Medical Interpreters. Robles currently conducts Intramural Trainings at the NIH in Effective Cross Cultural Medicine for Doctors and Nursing Staff, Utilization and Role of Medical Interpreters, The Art of Simultaneous Interpretation in Medical Encounters, and Medical Interpreter Competency Trainings for LIP Volunteers throughout the Clinical Center. She is an active member of the NIH Language Access Plan (LAP) Steering and Clinical Center Liaisons Committees.

  • BA. French Literature and International Relations Minor, 6/91. The University of California, Riverside
  • Education Abroad Scholar, 8/89-6/90 L’Université de Poitiers, France, College of Literature & Languages and the College of Law & Social Sciences
  • Certificate in Professional Interpretation and Translation, 6/96 UCR Extension
  • State of California Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI English/Spanish), 11/01

Communication between doctors and patients in bilingual environments

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