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Welcome Jesse Ehrenfeld, Chair of the Board of Trustees at AMA as Keynote Speaker

Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, is chair of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees, a Senior Associate Dean, Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW) at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He also is an adjunct Professor of Anesthesiology and Health Policy at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Ehrenfeld also has an appointment as an adjunct professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Bethesda, Md.) Dr. Ehrenfeld’s research, which focuses on understanding how information technology can improve patient safety, outcomes, and health equity, has been funded by the NIH, the Department of Defense, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research, and the AMA. The unifying theme of his work has been to comprehend the science behind how technology can change behavior, reduce variability, and facilitate improved health system reliability and performance. 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. A consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Ehrenfeld provides technical expertise to the WHO Digital Health Technical Advisory Group. He has also been a participant in the National Academy of Medicine’s Systems Engineering for Health Innovation Collaborative and previously served as co-chair of the Navy Surgeon General’s Taskforce on Personalized and Digital Medicine and as special advisor to the 20th U.S. Surgeon General. In 2018, he was an inaugural recipient of the NIH Sex and Gender Minority Research Award from the NIH Director. Dr. Ehrenfeld earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Haverford College (Haverford, Penn.) in 2000. He received his MD degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 2004 and a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard University School of Public Health (Boston, Mass.) in 2009. From 2004-2005, Dr. Ehrenfeld completed an internship in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, Mass.) and a residency in Anesthesiology, Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine there from 2005-2008. Dr. Ehrenfeld also completed an informatics research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital from 2008-2010. He is a fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (FASA) and the American Medical Informatics Association (FAMIA).

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