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Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, is the Joseph A. Johnson Jr. Distinguished Leadership Professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in the departments of anesthesiology, surgery, biomedical informatics, and health policy. He was elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees in 2014.
Dr. Ehrenfeld divides his time among clinical practice, teaching and research. He serves as director of education research for the Vanderbilt Office of Health Sciences Education, director of the Vanderbilt Program for LGBTQ Health, and associate director of the Vanderbilt Anesthesiology & Perioperative Informatics Research Division, a multi-disciplinary group of physicians, engineers, developers, analysts, and researchers who develop systems to improve anesthetic and surgical outcomes. Dr. Ehrenfeld also has an appointment as an adjunct professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., and has served as special advisor to the 20th U.S. Surgeon General.
Active in the AMA since medical school, Dr. Ehrenfeld has served on the governing councils of both the AMA Resident and Fellow Section and the AMA Young Physicians Section.
In addition to his work with the AMA, Dr. Ehrenfeld has served on the governing boards of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Resident Component, the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Illinois State Medical Society. He also served as speaker of the house of delegates of the Massachusetts Medical Society for six years.
Dr. Ehrenfeld’s research, which focuses on understanding how information technology can improve surgical safety and patient outcomes, has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, and the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research. His work has led to the presentation of more than 250 abstracts, as well as the publication of more than 195 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Systems and has co-authored 15 clinical textbooks that have been translated into multiple languages. Dr. Ehrenfeld has received numerous awards for his research and is a recipient of several prestigious teaching awards.
For the past decade, Dr. Ehrenfeld has advocated on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals. In 2018, in recognition of his outstanding research contributions, he received the inaugural Sexual and Gender Minority Research Investigator Award from the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Born in Wilmington, Del., Dr. Ehrenfeld is a graduate of Phillips Academy, Haverford College, the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed an internship in internal medicine, a residency in anesthesiology and a research informatics fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
A combat veteran who deployed to Afghanistan during both Operation Enduring Freedom and Resolute Support Mission, Dr. Ehrenfeld, for his work in capturing and supporting the lives of LGBTQ people, was recognized in 2015 with a White House News Photographers Association award and, in 2016, with an Emmy nomination. Dr. Ehrenfeld lives in Nashville, Tenn., with his husband, Judd Taback, and their son Ethan Ehrenfeld-Taback.