Voorhees’ Baker elected first Black president of N.J. chapter of ACEP

Dr. Jenice Baker, the chair of emergency medicine at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia, was elected as the first Black president of the New Jersey chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Baker, who has practiced emergency medicine for more than 15 years after completing her medical degree at Cornell Medical College and her medical internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital, will begin her term as NJ-ACEP president July 1. She lives in Voorhees.

An active member of NJ-ACEP since 2014, Baker has received numerous grants throughout her career for addressing women’s leadership, gender wage gap differences and violence in emergency medicine. She joined the NJ-ACEP board in 2015 and has supported New Jersey physicians by working on legislation including surprise billing, scope of practice and opioid prescribing.

“At my very first NJ-ACEP meeting, I immediately felt my experiences and the issues that were important to me were acknowledged and valued,” she said. “As president, I want to continue to provide an inclusive, engaging environment for all of our members. I’m so glad to have this opportunity to lead NJ-ACEP, especially after a year of selfless dedication and amazing strength from our state’s emergency physicians.”

ACEP President Mark Rosenberg, who is the chair of emergency medicine at St. Joseph’s Health in Paterson, saluted the selection.

“Dr. Baker will serve New Jersey’s emergency physicians and patients well as we work to advance emergency medicine and protect patient access to care,” he said. “Dr. Baker’s expertise and strong record of advocacy will empower our members to address some of the biggest challenges and opportunities in health care in New Jersey and across the country.”