A Connecticut native, Dr. Abriola grew up in Trumbull graduating from Trumbull High School. He received his Bachelors of Science with Magna Cum Laude from Boston College, and subsequently graduated from the University of Connecticut Health Center Medical School in Farmington, Connecticut. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and the University of Connecticut Health Center.
Dr. Abriola completed specialty training in Infectious Diseases at the Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. While at Tulane University, he studied at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and obtained a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, graduating with honors.
Dr. Abriola is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease.
Dr. Abriola returned to Hartford in 1993. Initially, he worked in the Internal Medicine Department at the University Connecticut Health Center - Burgdorf Clinic in Hartford. In 1996, he joined the Infectious Disease Division at Hartford Hospital, working in their HIV program for eight years. In 2004, he founded his own practice, Connecticut Health Care Group, LLC.
Dr. Abriola is a member of many professional societies, including:
- American College of Physicians
- Connecticut State Medical Society
- Infectious Diseases Society of America
- American Society for Microbiology
- American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
- American Academy of HIV Medicine
- Gay & Lesbian Medical Association
A long-time interest in international health helped establish Dr. Abriola's commitment to his specialty of infectious diseases. He first traveled to Haiti as a volunteer during his undergraduate studies at Boston College. He has returned there as a medical volunteer and faculty preceptor several times over the past twenty years. He has also conducted international training sessions with the Center for Community Health Studies at the University of Connecticut Health Center.
Dr. Abriola has served as the volunteer Medical Director of the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective for the past twelve years. In addition, he sits on the Advisory Panel for the Connecticut AIDS Drug Assistance Program. He is a former member of the Greater Hartford HIV/AIDS Ryan White Planning Council.
Dr. Abriola continues to teach medical students in several parts of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine curriculum.
Dr. Abriola has been recognized by many professional and community groups for his academic and volunteer work. In 1996, he received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University Connecticut Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program. He has been recognized by the Hartford County Medical Association for his volunteer work with the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective. In 2004, he received the Salvation Army's Candlelight Memorial Award for his work with people infected with HIV/AIDS.