Del Ray Zimmerman
October 22, 2018

Please join us in congratulating Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, M.D., MPH, Director of the Vanderbilt Program for LGBTQ Health, for recent recognition given for his commitment to diversity and inclusion.

On Oct. 9, he was given the Levi Watkins, Jr. Faculty Award during a ceremony and annual lecture at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine. The award is given in honor of Watkins, who was the first African American medical student at Vanderbilt University and went on to be the first surgeon to successfully implant an automatic heart defibrillator in a human patient.

Additionally, at an Oct. 13 gala in Las Vegas, Ehrenfeld was honored with a GLMA Achievement Award for improving the quality of health services for LGBTQ people. Founded in 1981, GLMA (formerly the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association) is the world's oldest and largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer health professionals and allies.