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Susan Dentzer


Susan Dentzer is a Senior Health Policy Advisor at the Robert Wood John Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans.

Dentzer provide consultation to develop public outreach initiatives for key Foundation audiences, publicizes the Foundation’s activities through blogs, social media, webcasts and other formats, and consults with senior management on policy and communications activities.

Dentzer was the former editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, the nation’s leading peer-reviewed journal focused on the intersection of health, health care and health policy in the United States and internationally. One of the nation’s most respected health and health policy journalists, she is an on-air analyst on health issues with the PBS NewsHour, and a frequent guest and commentator on such National Public Radio shows as This American Life and The Diane Rehm Show.

Before joining Health Affairs in May 2008, Dentzer was on-air Health Correspondent at the PBS NewsHour. From 1998 to 2008, she led the show’s unit providing in-depth coverage of health care and health policy. Prior to joining the PBS NewsHour, she was chief economics correspondent and economics columnist for U.S. News & World Report, and previously was a senior writer at Newsweek.

Dentzer’s other work in television has included appearances as a regular analyst or commentator on CNN and The McLaughlin Group. Her writing has also earned her several fellowships, including a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, where she studied health economics and policy, and a U.S.-Japan Leadership Program Fellowship, during which she researched the effects of the rapidly aging Japanese population.

Dentzer is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also a fellow of the Hastings Center, a nonpartisan research institution dedicated to bioethics and the public interest.

Dentzer is a member of the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee and chairs the IRC board’s Program Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Research!America. Formerly, Dentzer served on the Board of Directors of the Global Health Council and was its chair from 2008-2010.

A graduate of Dartmouth and holder of an honorary master of arts from the institution, Ms. Dentzer is a Dartmouth trustee emerita and chaired the Dartmouth Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004. She serves on the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth Medical School.

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