Susan Dentzer

Susan Dentzer is one of the nation’s most respected health policy experts and thought leaders who, as of mid-March 2016, leads The Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, with offices in Washington, DC, Cambridge, MA, and San Francisco, CA. A longtime journalist, she has been on-air analyst on health issues with the PBS NewsHour and a regular commentator on health policy for National Public Radio. She wrote and hosted the 2015 PBS documentary, "Reinventing American Healthcare," focusing on the innovations pioneered by the Geisinger Health System and spread to health systems across the nation. 

Dentzer was formerly senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and editor-in chief of the health policy journal Health Affairs. Through her long expertise in the fields of health care and health policy, as well as through writing, speaking, moderating and convening, she works to raise awareness of core issues in health and health care, including the need for the US to obtain better value for the money spent on health care and the critical goal of improving population health. She speaks regularly to a wide variety of audiences in the US and overseas. 

Dentzer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and 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 is also on the boards of directors of the International Rescue Committee; Research!America; the American Board of Medical Specialties; and the Public Health Institute. She is also a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, the RAND Health Board of Advisors, and the March of Dimes national public policy advisory board. Dentzer holds an honorary master’s degree from Dartmouth and an honorary doctorate in human letters from Muskingum University. 

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