bio-slideQuick Facts  . . . .


  • Graduated from University of Chicago – Pritzker School of Medicine.
  • Also attended: Harvard University, Haverford College, and Phillips Academy in Andover, MA.

Postdoctoral Training:

  • Internship in Internal Medicine – Massachusetts General Hospital (2004-2005)
  • Research Fellowship in Anesthesiology – Massachusetts General Hospital (2005)
  • Residency in Anesthesiology – Massachusetts General Hospital (2005-2008)
  • Clinical Informatics Fellowship – Massachusetts General Hospital (2008-2010)

Board Certifications:

  • Specialty Certification in Anesthesiology, American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Clinical Informatics, American Board of Preventive Medicine

Current Affiliations:

  • Vanderbilt University, Medical College of Wisconsin, American Medical Association, Healthy Tennessee

Brief Bio  . . . .

Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. He is a senior associate dean, tenured professor of anesthesiology and director of the “Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment” at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is also a Professor of Anesthesiology and Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

He divides his time among clinical practice, teaching, research, and directing a $560-million statewide health philanthropy. He also has an appointment as an adjunct professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., is a consultant to the World Health Organization Digital Health Technical Advisory Group 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. He was an original co-investigator on the $1 million grant Vanderbilt received in 2013 as part of the AMA’s “Accelerating Change in Medical Education” 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 6 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 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Systems and has co-authored 18 clinical textbooks that have been translated into multiple languages. Dr. Ehrenfeld has received numerous awards for his research including the inaugural NIH Sexual and Gender Minority Research Award from the NIH Director.

For the past decade, Dr. Ehrenfeld has advocated on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) 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. He co-founded the Vanderbilt Program for LGBTQ Health.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, 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.

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 and his husband, Judd Taback, have a son, Ethan Ehrenfeld-Taback.

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