Notable Heroes in Health Care: Jesse Ehrenfeld

Last updated on December 17th, 2021 at 12:22 pm

As director of Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin, an endowment set up by the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld directed nearly $5 million in emergency grants in 2020 to organizations that supported vulnerable populations statewide during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Ehrenfeld is now leading AHW’s efforts to provide $8.5 million in grants to improve health equity across Wisconsin.

Ehrenfeld, a professor of anesthesiology and senior associate dean for MCW’s School of Medicine, was named one of “10 Emerging Industry Leaders” by Managed Healthcare Executive Magazine in 2020.

In addition to his AHW work, Ehrenfeld has continued his clinical practice as well as research on how information technology can improve patient safety, outcomes and health equity. He also advises the World Health Organization’s Digital Health Technical Advisory Group.

Ehrenfeld was elected to the American Medical Association board of trustees in 2014 and is the immediate past president of the board. Ehrenfeld is also an advocate for LGBTQ individuals and in 2018 received the inaugural Sexual and Gender Minority Research Investigator Award from the director of the National Institutes for Health.