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Pilot Project Grantee

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Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD MPH

Associate professor, Departments of Anesthesiology, Surgery, Biomedical Informatics, and Health Policy; Vanderbilt University Medical School | Director of Education Research; Vanderbilt Office of Health Sciences Education | Associate Director, Anesthesiology & Perioperative Informatics Research Division | Director, Vanderbilt Program for LGBT Health.| Vanderbilt University Medical Center | Nashville, Tennessee
Pilot Project: Understanding the Impact of Federal EHR Incentives on Transgender Care


Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, is board-certified in both anesthesiology and clinical informatics and has an extensive background in clinical research, advocacy, and health care policy. Dr. Ehrenfeld is an associate professor at Vanderbilt University Medical School in the Departments of Anesthesiology, Surgery, Biomedical Informatics, and Health Policy. He serves as Director of Education Research for the Vanderbilt Office of Health Sciences Education, Associate Director of the Anesthesiology & Perioperative Informatics Research Division, and Director of the Vanderbilt Program for LGBT Health.


A combat veteran who deployed to Afghanistan during both Operation Enduring Freedom and Resolute Support Mission, Dr. Ehrenfeld is currently a Commander in the U.S. Navy, and an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He currently serves as co-lead for the Navy Surgeon General’s taskforce on Digital Health and has brought his unique expertise as both a physician and health policy expert to bear the future of the delivery of medical care across the force.


Dr. Ehrenfeld’s research and policy interests include biomedical informatics and the application of information technology to increase patient safety and reliability in the operating room environment and reduce health care disparities. The unifying theme of his work has been to comprehend the science behind how information technology can change provider behavior, reduce variability, and facilitate improved overall system reliability and performance. His research has been funded by NIH, the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research, and the American Medical Association. His work has led to the presentation of more than 200 abstracts at national/international meetings and the publication of more than 100 manuscripts in high-impact journals. He is Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Medical Systems, has co-authored thirteen clinical textbooks, and is a current member of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees.


For the past decade, Dr. Ehrenfeld has been a staunch LGBT health advocate – both within and outside of the Department of Defense. He founded and served as chair of the Massachusetts Committee on LGBT Health, before moving to Nashville where he founded and now directs the nation’s second university based program for LGBT Health. For his work in capturing and supporting the lives of LGBT people, in 2015, he was recognized with a White House News Photographers Association award and nominated for a 2016 National EMMY Award.