Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH
2017 - 2018
Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, is a professor of anesthesiology, surgery, biomedical informatics, and health policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. 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 LGBTI 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.
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. Currently he is a co-investigator on the $1-million grant Vanderbilt received in 2013 as part of the AMA’s “Accelerating Change in Medical Education” initiative and a $1.7-million grant from the Department of Defense “Hands-Free Electronic Health Record Data Entry Initiative.” 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 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 150 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 intersex (LGBTI) individuals as chair of the Massachusetts Committee on LGBT Health, chair of the Massachusetts General Hospital LGBT Employee Resource Group, as a member of the Board Committee on Quality at Fenway Community Health Center, and as a member of the Association of American Medical College’s LGBTI Liaison Group.
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 an informatics fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Board-certified in anesthesiology and clinical informatics, Dr. Ehrenfeld has been awarded fellowship by the American Society of Anesthesiology.
A combat veteran who deployed to Afghanistan during both Operation Enduring Freedom and Resolute Support Mission, Dr. Ehrenfeld continues to serve as a commander in the United States Navy Reserve. He lives in Nashville, Tenn., with his husband, Judd Taback, and enjoys photography, running and traveling.