It is my honor to serve as this year’s President of NJ-ACEP. I want to thank Mark Rosenberg for an outstanding year and congratulate him on his election to the National ACEP Board of Directors. I have a tough act to follow. Please allow me to introduce myself to those who may not know me.
Aside from medical school (Chicago) and residency (Philadelphia), I have spent most of my life in New Jersey. I completed my residency training at Jefferson in 1995 and spent the next 6 years practicing in Philadelphia. During the early years of my career I had the opportunity to moonlight at many of New Jersey’s Emergency Departments from single coverage 24 hour shifts in Sussex County to Atlantic City’s city hospital and everything in between. This allowed be to experience multiple clinical settings and group structures. I moved from my fulltime position in Philadelphia to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick in 2001.
I’ve been in my current position – Interim Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School since 2011. I began as Vice Chair of the department and Chief of Emergency Care at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in 2005. At that time I was charged with developing an academic department of Emergency Medicine. I was able to recruit and awesome team and since that time we have achieved that goal. We just graduated the 4th class from our 3 year Emergency Medicine Residency. We created a mandatory 4th year clerkship and an Emergency Ultrasound fellowship. We also introduced Emergency Ultrasound to RWJUH and developed a toxicology service. I continue to look for opportunities to introduce our medical students to Emergency Medicine as early in their careers as possible.
I became a member of NJ-ACEP when I returned to New Jersey and attended my first board meeting as a guest shortly after. I was hooked after my first board meeting and began attending regularly. This eventually led to a board seat and now presidency. In addition to ACEP, I have been a member of the Association of Academic Chairs in Emergency Medicine since becoming Vice Chair.
I am excited to serve you this year and to be your voice in the our ongoing issues (opiate epidemic, Out of Network billing, Behavioral health crisis, violence in the ED) and to act on your behalf has new challenges arise
-Robert Eisenstein, MD, FACEP, NJ-ACEP 2016-2017 President