Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Dr. Plagenhoef graduated with high honors from Michigan State University. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia in 1987, and completed his anesthesiology residency, focusing on cardiac anesthesia, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) including being selected Chief Resident 1990-91. His residency pediatric training was at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama.
Jeff has served as Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Dothan, AL, Baylor Scott & White (BSW) Hillcrest Medical Center, Waco Texas and BSW Medical Center, Sunnyvale, Texas. His multiple local and health-system-wide leadership positions have included chairing and serving on patient safety and quality improvement committees for surgery, anesthesia, and trauma care.
Dr. Plagenhoef has held numerous leadership positions at the local, state and national levels. During his Alabama years of practice, among many positions, he served as President of the Alabama Society of Anesthesiologists (2001-03). Dr. Plagenhoef was a catalyst in forming and helped to lead the state’s committee that created guidelines and regulations to improve the quality and safety of office-based surgery and anesthesia. He has been a Life Counsellor in the House of Delegates of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama since 2012.
At the national leadership level, Dr. Plagenhoef served in numerous leadership positions within the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) including the honor of appointment as the inaugural chairman of the board of directors of the Anesthesia Quality Institute. He served on ASA’s Administrative Council and Executive Committees from 2012-2018, including serving as 1st Vice President, President Elect, President and Immediate Past President from 2014-2018. One of many patient safety initiatives he was passionate about and contributed to leading during his national leadership was that of improving dental office anesthesia safety for children.
After serving at the highest levels of leadership within the medial specialty of anesthesiology, Dr. Plagenhoef has transitioned to and is excited about focusing his experience, passion and expertise on caring for children in need of dental care in pediatric dentists’ offices as a member of Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates.