Out Gay Doctor Elected President Of AMA

Dr. Jesse M. Ehrenfeld is the first out gay man to be elected president of the American Medical Association
Dr. Jesse M. Ehrenfeld (image via American Medical Association)

Wisconsin-based anesthesiologist Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld has been elected to be the new president of the American Medical Association (AMA), becoming the first out gay physician to lead the prestigious organization.

Via the Washington Blade:

“Well, it’s certainly just an amazing feeling to know that you’ve got the confidence of your colleagues from such a broad array of practice types of modalities and perspectives,” Ehrenfeld told the Washington Blade during a telephone interview.

“The association is a very diverse and increasingly diverse organization, and that’s a good thing. It’s more representative of the country and to see such broad support for a vision to move forward was really sort of heartening for me.”

“When I joined the AMA 22 years ago, roughly, I didn’t think it was possible that a gay person could be the AMA president. And certainly 175 years ago, when the AMA was founded, that felt like something that wouldn’t have been possible,” Ehrenfeld said.

“And so, to look at how the association, how medicine, health professional organizations have evolved, it’s pretty remarkable when you look at what that has looked like, and that’s a reflection of society in general. But certainly, you know, another pink ceiling has been shattered.”

Read more at the Washington Blade.