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Wisconsin anesthetist chosen as AMA president-elect

June 14, 2022 – Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, an anesthesiologist from Wisconsin, was elected president-elect of the American Medical Association (AMA) by physicians assembled at the annual meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. After a one-year term as President-Elect, Dr. Ehrenfeld will be appointed President of WADA in June 2023.

“I am honored to have been elected by my peers to represent the nation’s physicians and the patients we serve,” said Dr. Ehrenfeld. “This is a pivotal and challenging time for medicine, physicians and our healthcare system, and as President-Elect, I am committed to advancing the AMA’s immediate goals around the recovery plan for physicians. Americans, as well as longer-term advocacy efforts aimed at shaping the future of medicine and improving the nation’s health.

Active in organized medicine since medical school, Dr. Ehrenfeld was elected to the AMA Board of Trustees in 2014, serving as President from 2019 to 2020. Dr. Ehrenfeld has also served as a member of the Boards of administration of the AMA’s Young Physicians Section and the AMA’s Residents and Fellows Section, as well as the boards of directors of the resident component of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Illinois State Medical Society. Additionally, Dr. Ehrenfeld is a former Massachusetts Medical Society lecturer and the youngest officer in the organization’s history.

Dr. Ehrenfeld is the first openly gay person to serve as WADA President-Elect.

Currently, Dr. Ehrenfeld is a practicing anesthesiologist, senior associate dean, and full professor of anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he directs the largest statewide health philanthropy, the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment. Dr. Ehrenfeld is also an Adjunct Professor of Anesthesiology and Health Policy at Vanderbilt University and Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

Co-author of 18 clinical textbooks, Dr. Ehrenfeld is editor of the Journal of Medical Systems. His research – focused on how digital technology can improve surgical safety, patient outcomes and health equity – has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense, the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Ehrenfeld’s work in this area has led to the publication of over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and recognition as the first recipient of the NIH Sexual and Gender Minority Research Scholar Award.

Dr. Ehrenfeld is a graduate of Haverford College, the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed an internship in internal medicine, an anesthesiology residency, and a research informatics fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Board certified in Anesthesiology and Clinical Informatics, Dr. Ehrenfeld is a Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Medical Informatics Association.

Outside of his medical career, Dr. Ehrenfeld is an Emmy-nominated photographer and the 2015 recipient of a White House News Photographers Association award for his work capturing and defending the lives of LGBTQ+ people. He served as Special Advisor to the 20th US Surgeon General and provides technical expertise as a consultant to the World Health Organization’s Digital Health Technical Advisory Group.

Dr. Ehrenfeld is a veteran who deployed to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom and Resolute Support. He and his husband, Judd Taback, live in Milwaukee with their son, Ethan.

About WADA

The American Medical Association is the physician’s powerful ally in patient care. As the only medical association that unites more than 190 state and specialty medical societies and other critical stakeholders, the AMA represents physicians with a unified voice to all key healthcare stakeholders. The AMA leverages its strength by removing barriers that interfere with patient care, leading the charge to prevent chronic disease and address public health crises, and leading the future of medicine to meet the greatest health care challenges. For more information, visit ama-assn.org.



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