Susan Dentzer | CEO of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation

Susan Dentzer

CEO of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation

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Susan Dentzer

Susan Dentzer is President and Chief Executive Officer of America’s Physician Groups, the nonprofit organization representing roughly 360 large physician groups focused on patient-centered, coordinated, and integrated health care that is responsible and accountable for both costs and quality. Dentzer is a highly respected health and health policy thought leader, a frequent speaker and commentator, and an author of commentaries in Modern Healthcare, the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst, the American Journal of Public Health, and other peer-reviewed publications. She is also the editor and lead author of the book Health Care Without Walls: A Roadmap for Reinventing U.S. Health Care.
Dentzer previously served as Senior Policy Fellow at the Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy, the Washington, DC-based arm of Duke University that focuses on health system transformation, biopharmaceutical policy, and other key health policy issues. She also served as senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; editor-in-chief of the journal Health Affairs; and on-air Health Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations and is a fellow of the National Academy of Social Insurance and the Hastings Center. Until March 2022, she chaired the Board of Directors of Research!America, the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that advocates for health-related research. She is a former member of the Board of Directors, and a current member of the Board of Visitors, of the International Rescue Committee, a leading global humanitarian organization. She serves on the advisory boards of the Duke-Margolis Center, the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy at the University of California-San Francisco, and the Center for Global Health Equity at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine.
Dentzer graduated from Dartmouth and also holds a master’s degree in health care delivery science from the institution. She is also a trustee emerita of Dartmouth, and chaired the Dartmouth Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004. Dentzer holds an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Muskingum University. She and her husband, Charles Alston, have three adult children.

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Dentzer speaks on a wide variety of topics in health care arena including the impact and future of the Affordable Care Act, rising health care costs; aging; breakthroughs in treatment and research; health insurance issues; health policy issues such as Medicare reform, the uninsured, and prescription drug coverage.

Social Security

Dentzer has followed closely the on-going debate over reforming Social Security over the years. She speaks knowledgeably on the economics and politics of Social Security, and places these in the broader context of the overall effects on the U.S. and the world of the rapid aging of the population.

The Federal Budget

Dentzer has followed federal fiscal policy for over two decades, from the era of federal budget deficits to surpluses and back again to the current budget deficits. She addresses the debate over restraining the growth of spending, cutting or raising taxes and balancing the nation’s commitments to health care, retirement and social programs.

Higher Education

Dentzer is chair of the Dartmouth Board of Trustees and has a longstanding interest in higher education. She speaks on a range of topics in this field, including the importance of liberal arts education; the costs and value of higher education in general; critical issues in university and academic governance. She has also delivered several commencement addresses. Rather than giving off-the-shelf address, she tailors her speeches for each institution and to the graduating students, giving the occasion a personal touch.

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