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Service on the AMA Board of Trustees

Since June 2014, I have served on the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association, and as Chair of the Board until June 2020. It is clear to me that the future is bright for physicians and patients in America… but we have major challenges that must be addressed to ensure our collective future. Some of the most important issues facing us today include:

Fighting Corporate Consolidation and Control

Increasing corporate consolidation has resulted in higher prices for patients and fewer choices for both physicians and patients, while most Americans face growing challenges in accessing affordable health care. Expanding physician-owned hospitals, supporting innovative practice models, and reforming Stark law restrictions are all necessary and viable options to combat the damaging effects of market consolidation.

Putting Physicians in Control of Digital Health

It is time to make digital health technologies an asset, not a burden to the practice of medicine. We must move the needs of physicians and patients off the sidelines and into the center of the development of new health technology. This is the only pathway to enabling advanced digital tools and AI technologies to augment physician capabilities.

Scope of Practice 

We must preserve physician-led teams and defend physicians from the scope of practice expansions in order to protect patients from harm.

Fair Payment for Physicians

Physicians deserve to be paid fairly for services and work provided. As a profession, we have made many sacrifices to ensure the health of our nation, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, but we cannot sustain a system in which expansion of medical services is based on the sole premise of cuts to physician reimbursement. While we must protect patients from unanticipated medical bills, we cannot allow a misguided implementation of the No Surprises Act to unfairly benefit commercial health insurers.

Advancing Health Equity

One of the most important public health goals of the AMA is to achieve health equity. We must find ways to unite as a profession, to collectively move towards a delivery system that provides equal access to culturally thoughtful and sensitive health care services for all Americans.

Meet Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld

Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. He is a senior associate dean, tenured professor of anesthesiology, and director of the “Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment” at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is also a Professor of Anesthesiology and Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

He divides his time among clinical practice, teaching, research, and directing a $560-million statewide health philanthropy. He also has an appointment as an adjunct professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., is a consultant to the World Health Organization Digital Health Technical Advisory Group, and has served as special advisor to the 20th U.S. Surgeon General.

Current Professional Memberships:

  • American Medical Association

  • American Society of Anesthesiologists

  • Tennessee Medical Association

  • Wisconsin Medical Society

  • Massachusetts Medical Society

  • MedCHI: The Maryland State Medical Society

  • GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality

  • Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS)

  • The AMA Anesthesiology Section Council

  • The AMA LGBTQ Health Section Council

  • The AMA Young Physician Section

Endorsements

The American Society of Anesthesiologists

The Specialty and Service Society Caucus (SSS)

The Young Physician Section (YPS)

The Wisconsin Medical Society

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality

The Anesthesiology Section Council

The LGBTQ Health Section Council

Elect Dr. Jesse

Now more than ever, our AMA needs a president who can unify the House of Medicine, from sea to shining sea. While we may serve patients from different geographies, using different approaches, and working in different practice modalities, we share a common purpose: to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. As your president, I will bring us back together and ensure that the voice of physicians is always the loudest and most effective voice in the room.

MISSION FOCUSED. MOVING FORWARD.

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