Jesse Ehrenfeld

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Jesse M. Ehrenfeld
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Jesse M. Ehrenfeld MD MPH FAMIA FASA serving in Rota, Spain.
Born1978 (age 39–40)
ResidenceNashville, Tennessee
Alma materHaverford College (B.S.)
University of Chicago (M.D.)
Harvard School of Public Health (M.P.H.)
Scientific career
FieldsAnesthesiologist and medical informatics

Jesse Menachem Ehrenfeld (born 1978) is an American physician. Ehrenfeld is Chair-elect of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees[1] and the Joseph A. Johnson, Jr., Distinguished Leadership Professor of Anesthesiology, Surgery, Biomedical Informatics & Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.[2] He is also a former Speaker of the Massachusetts Medical Society,[3] where he was the youngest officer in the 228-year history of the organization. He is also a former Vice-President of the Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists.[4] The inaugural recipient on the NIH Sexual and Gender Minority Research Award from the NIH Director,[5] Ehrenfeld has been recognized for his contributions to advancing health equity. A 2008 recipient of the AMA Foundation Leadership Award,[6] Ehrenfeld is a researcher in the field of biomedical informatics. Ehrenfeld's research interests include bioinformatics and the application of information technology to increase quality, reliability and patient safety. Ehrenfeld's work has led to the presentation of over 200 abstracts at national/international meetings and the publication of over 175 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medical Systems,[7] and is a fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association[8] and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.[9]


Born in Wilmington, DE, Ehrenfeld attended high school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.[10] A board certified anesthesiologist, he holds a Bachelor of Science from Haverford College,[11] an MD from the University of Chicago, and a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University. He completed his Internship in Internal Medicine (2004-2005), Residency in Anesthesiology (2005-2008), and Informatics Fellowship (2008-2010) all at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is Board Certified in both Anesthesiology[12] and Clinical Informatics.[13]


Ehrenfeld's research in the area of continuous quality improvement and intraoperative patient safety has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research. and the American Medical Association. He was the founding director of the Anesthesia Fellowship in Biomedical Informatics at the Massachusetts General Hospital.[14] He serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. His appointments have included Assistant Professorships at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital where he practiced anesthesiology within the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine.[15] He is Professor of Anesthesiology, Surgery, Biomedical Informatics, and Health Policy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.[16] He is the author of several books,[17][18] including "Pocket Anesthesia", "Anesthesia: A Case Based Survival Guide", and "The MGH Textbook of Anesthetic Equipment" and has published extensively in the medical literature. Ehrenfeld is active in the LGBTQ community,[19] and is a Log Cabin Republican.[20] He co-founded and directs the Vanderbilt Program for LGBTQ Health [21] A Commander in the U.S. Navy, Ehrenfeld serves as a medical reserve officer.

Military service (2008–present)[edit]

On April 7, 2008 Ehrenfeld was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Naval Reserve. Initially assigned to Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, he served as a medical corps officer at an Operational Health Support Unit in Newport, Rhode Island. He was later assigned to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and served with an Operational Health Support Unit in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed Direct Commissioning Officer (DCO) School at the U.S. Naval Training Center in Newport, Rhode Island. In 2014, Ehrenfeld was called to active duty and served a tour in Kandahar, Afghanistan at the NATO Role III Multinational Medical Unit.[22] During his tour, he served both as the Anesthesiology Division Officer and the Public Affairs Officer[23] in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Resolute Support Mission from September 2014 to April 2015.[24]


A longtime advocate for patients, equality, and LGBTQ health, Ehrenfeld made international headlines on February 22, 2015, when he asked the newly appointed Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter his stance on letting transgender individuals serve in the military. The Secretary's response "I don't think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them [from serving]"[25] — was his first public comment on the issue and the most favorable from a senior U.S. military official to date. Within hours, the event was being reported by news outlets all over the world and by the next afternoon the White House chimed in with its support, sparking even more media attention.[26][27][28][29] This exchange was featured in the documentary TransMilitary.[30] In May 2015, Ehrenfeld and his partner were featured in a television ad supporting same-sex marriage.[31] produced by Freedom to Marry. The television ad was banned from television when the NBC affiliate in Chattanooga, Tennessee refused to air the ad.[32][33][34][35]


  • NIH Sexual and Gender Minority Research Award [36]
  • AMA Foundation Leadership Award[6]
  • Special Tribute and Commendation from the State of Delaware, House of Representatives
  • Harvard Medical School Teaching Award[37]
  • Commendation for Excellence in Service from the United States Navy
  • Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year[38]
  • Joseph A. Johnson, Jr. Distinguished Leadership Professor [39]
  • Levi Watkins Jr Faculty Award[40]
  • GLMA Achievement Award[41]
  • Tennessee Hospital Association Diversity Champion Award [42]

Personal life[edit]

Ehrenfeld lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his husband Judd H. Taback, an attorney.[43][44]


  1. ^ "Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH". American Medical Association. June 17, 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2014.
  2. ^ Read, Jan. "Six academic leaders honored at Spring Faculty Assembly". Vanderbilt University. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  3. ^ "MMS Leadership Biographies". Massachusetts Medical Society. May 21, 2012. Archived from the original on May 28, 2011. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  4. ^ "Officers and Committees" (PDF). Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists. May 2011. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  5. ^ "SGMRO Research Investigator Awards Event | DPCPSI". Retrieved 2018-11-03.
  6. ^ a b AMA Foundation (2011-06-04). "2008 AMA Foundation Leadership Award Recipients" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  7. ^ "Journal of Medical Systems". Springer. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
  8. ^ "Congratulations Fellows of AMIA! | Department of Biomedical Informatics". Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  9. ^ "American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)". Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  10. ^ "Jesse Ehrenfeld | John Palfrey". Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  11. ^ "Jesse Ehrenfeld '00: A Physician Serves His Country". June 14, 2015. Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  12. ^ "The American Board of Anesthesiology - Certification Status". November 24, 2018. Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  13. ^ "2013 Clinical Informatics Diplomates | AMIA". Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  14. ^ "Fellowship in Biomedical Informatics" (PDF). Massachusetts General Hospital. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  15. ^ "Jesse Ehrenfeld". Massachusetts General Hospital. Retrieved May 28, 2011. Details . Archived July 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ "Anesthesiology Physicians & Scientist Faculty". Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  17. ^ "Author: Jesse Ehrenfeld". Google search. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  18. ^ "Amazon Author Page: Jesse Ehrenfeld". Retrieved Jan 8, 2011.
  19. ^ "LGBT Employee Resource Group". Massachusetts General Hospital. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  20. ^ Colbert, Chuck (April 23, 2010). "Boston Spirit Exclusive: Richard Tisei: Gay, GOP, wants to be MA Lt. Gov". Boston Spirit. Retrieved May 28, 2011. Jesse Ehrenfeld, chairman of the Massachusetts Log Cabin Republicans.
  21. ^ "Vanderbilt Program for LGBTQ Health". Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  22. ^ "Anesthesiologists keep soldiers safe in Afghanistan". Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  23. ^ "Today's Navy Reserve: Sailors from across the nation provide critical support in Kandahar, Afghanistan". DVIDS. Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  24. ^ "Navy Reserve by the Numbers - April 2015" (PDF). Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  25. ^ "Remarks by Secretary Carter at a Troop Event in Kandahar, Afghanistan". U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  26. ^ "Op-ed: When Being a Trans Ally Is as Simple as Asking a Question". 26 February 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  27. ^ "Obama Administration Expresses Support For Out Transgender Military Service". Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  28. ^ "The U.S. Military May Allow Transgender Service". Time. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  29. ^ "Defense Secretary Carter: Transgender People Shouldn't Be Denied Military Service". Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  30. ^ Logo (2018-11-14), Former Defense Secretary Carter on Transgender Military Members: TransMilitary (2018) | Logo, retrieved 2018-11-22
  31. ^ Freedom to Marry (2015-05-29), U.S. Navy Combat Veteran Fights for the Freedom to Marry, retrieved 2018-11-25
  32. ^ "Chattanooga Station Rejects Marriage Equality Ad". Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  33. ^ "TV Station Refuses To Air Ad About Gay Republican Soldier Who Wants To Get Married". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  34. ^ "Tennessee TV station won't run ad promoting gay marriage". AP NEWS. Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  35. ^ Jauregui, Andres (2015-05-30). "TV Station Refuses To Air Gay Republican Soldier's Right To Marry Ad". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  36. ^ "NIH Sexual and Gender Minority Research Investigator Awards Event". Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  37. ^ "Harvard Medical School Academy Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients". 2011. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  38. ^ "Past Award Winners - Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, TN". Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  39. ^ "Six academic leaders honored at Spring Faculty Assembly". Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  40. ^ Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (October 22, 2018). "Ehrenfeld recognized for diversity contributions locally and nationally". Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  41. ^ "GLMA Achievement Awards – 36th GLMA Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health – PAETC | Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center". Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  42. ^ "THA Honors 26 Healthcare Leaders - Tennessee Hospital Association". Tennessee Hospital Association. 2017-10-16. Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  43. ^ "Judd Taback | Tennessee Bar Association". Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  44. ^ "Our Pets, Our Lives | Out & About Nashville". Retrieved 2018-11-25.

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