James Hoekstra, MD, FACEP

Jim Hoekstra, MD, FACEPJim Hoekstra, MD, FACEP is responsible for external growth of clinical and academic programs for Wake Forest Baptist Health. He has assumed a leadership role in the acquisition and integration of network health systems, physician practices, and network clinical programs.  He is also responsible for growing external academic relationships and affiliations for the Wake Forest School of Medicine, including growing the network of teaching sites for MD and PA students.

Hoekstra remains heavily involved in Wake Forest Baptist Health’s regional clinical programs and clinical network development initiatives. By deploying various models of affiliations, management, acquisitions, and clinical partnerships, he drives the organization’s external strategic growth strategies. In his role, he facilitates the clinical enterprise’s external strategic planning efforts and serves a leadership role in the development of the WFBH clinically integrated network. He also serves as the Chief Business Development Officer for CHESS, which is WFBH’s value-based care health enablement solutions company.   He also serves as a key physician leader in the organization’s clinical enterprise.

Hoekstra graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, and was residency trained in Emergency Medicine at the University of Cincinnati.   He was appointed to the faculty at Ohio State University from 1988-2003, where he was also Associate Dean for Clinical Education.    He was recruited to Wake Forest University in January, 2003, where he was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine until 2015.   He has grown the Department of Emergency Medicine from one ER at WFBMC into a regional network of fourteen emergency departments with 160 providers and over 500,000 annual visits.  In addition to his administrative duties, his area of expertise is emergency cardiology, and the care of patients with acute coronary syndromes.  He is also past -president of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.