Susan Dentzer — President and Chief Executive Officer, The Network for Excellence in Health Innovation — a nonprofit, non-partisan health policy institute focused on enabling innovations that improve health, boost health care quality and lower costs. She is a leading national expert in health care and health policy, and is one of America’s most respected health care thought leaders.
Previously, she was Senior Adviser — the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy focused on US health and health care. She is an on-air analyst on health issues with the PBS NewsHour and regular commentator on health policy for National Public Radio, Al Jazeera America and other TV and radio networks.
Dentzer served from 2008-2013 as the editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, the nation’s leading journal of health policy. She also previously led the NewsHour’s health unit, reporting extensively on-air about health care reform debates.
Dentzer is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the IOM’s Board on Population Health. She is also an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a fellow of the National Academy of Social Insurance; and a fellow of the Hastings Center, a nonpartisan bioethics research institute. She graduated from Dartmouth, is a trustee emerita of the college, and chaired the Dartmouth Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth Medical School and is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Rescue Committee, a leading humanitarian organization.
Dentzer is also on the board of directors of Research!America, an alliance working to make research to improve health a higher priority; is a public member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties, which assists 24 medical specialty boards in the ongoing evaluation and certification of physicians; and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Health Institute, the nonprofit organization addressing public health issues and solutions nationwide. She is also a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, the RAND Health Board of Advisors, the March of Dimes national advisory board and the national advisory committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows.
Dentzer holds an honorary master’s degree from Dartmouth and an honorary doctorate in human letters from Muskingum University. She, her husband and their three children live in the Washington, DC aree.