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Susan Dentzer

  • The future of the Affordable Healthcare Act
  • Healthcare innovation in America
  • The role of big data in the future of healthcare


Susan Dentzer is one of the nation's most respected health policy experts and thought leaders. As President and CEO of America’s Physician Groups, she believes that healthcare in the U.S. “must become more patient-centered, coordinated, integrated, and accountable for both cost and quality.”

Dentzer is also a Senior Policy Fellow at the Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University where she focuses on reforms in healthcare payment and delivery and the transition to value-based care. In the past, she has also worked on a range of health policy issues including health system transformation and biopharmaceuticals policy.

Dentzer was previously President and CEO of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, a non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization focused on policies to advance healthcare innovation. She is also the editor and lead author of Health Care Without Walls: A Roadmap for Reinventing U.S. Health Care.

A longtime journalist, served as an 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 PBS documentary, Reinventing American Healthcare, focusing on the innovations pioneered by the Geisinger Health System and spread to health systems across the nation. She was also senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Editor-in-Chief of the health policy journal Health Affairs.

Dentzer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and serves on its Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice. 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 is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Rescue Committee, and also serves on the Board of Directors of Research!America; is a public member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties; and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Health Institute. She is also a member of the RAND Health Board of Advisors and the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

Dentzer is a graduate and trustee emerita of Dartmouth and formerly chaired the Dartmouth Board of Trustees. She also serves on the Board of Overseers of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, earned the institution's Alumni Award, and holds an honorary Dartmouth master's degree. She was also a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.


Keywords: affordable care act, obama care, healthcare policy, healthcare innovation, data in healthcare

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