Dr. Shkelzen Hoxhaj, associate professor of medicine, has been named the inaugural chief of the section of emergency medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

He joined BCM in 2007 as medical director of the emergency center at Ben Taub General Hospital and has served as interim chief of the new section of emergency medicine since June 2010.

Hoxhaj directed the recruitment of more than 25 emergency medicine-certified physician faculty and 15 mid-level providers at the emergency center, who are supported by a team of over 100 nurses and 40 additional staff. Under his leadership, the emergency center at Ben Taub is one of the busiest and best ERs in the United States, providing service to more than 107,000 patient visits per year. It is one of the city of Houston's two level one trauma centers.

In 2010, under Hoxhaj's leadership, the section spearheaded the successful development of an emergency medicine residency program (one of only two such programs in Houston), receiving accreditation by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education for 36 residency positions. Additionally, the section has begun an innovative one-year fellowship for mid-level providers in emergency medicine.

Hoxhaj is a graduate of the New York Medical College and completed his postgraduate training in internal medicine and emergency medicine at the Medical Center of Delaware. He received advanced graduate training public health and health policy at Columbia University and business administration at the University of Tennessee.

Prior to coming to Houston, Hoxhaj served as assistant medical director and director of quality assurance, compliance and customer service at Mt. Sinai Hospital and Medical School in New York City.

He is a fellow of both the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. At the local level, he is the president of the Houston Society of Emergency Medicine and is president-elect of the Central Branch of the Harris County Medical Society.