Susan Dentzer

  • Analyst on Health, PBS NewsHour
  • Senior Policy Adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

A noted journalist, Susan Dentzer brings expert analysis to the state of healthcare today, as well as her extensive experience reporting on every public and private healthcare trend in recent memory to present to audiences a complete and concise picture of where we’ve been, where we are headed and the potential economic and policy implications of the current proposals being considered.

 
  

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Your insightful and thoughtful remarks and your candor responding to questions brought precisely the type of focus we hoped would transpire during the Conference morning session. The attendee evaluations of the Conference were uniform in their praise of your good work and that of fellow Panel members. Our constituents in the business community simply cannot ignore the imperative of health care reform communicated by your clear-headed thinking and the understated, yet forceful manner in which you chose to convey that message. You are a most gracious and kind person. I wish you best of luck going forward and I will keep Health Affairs on my short list of 'must read' policy journals.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Susan Dentzer
  • Federation of State Medical Boards
  • University of Alabama-Birmingham
  • Quebec International
  • Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
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Political Economics

In this informative presentation, Susan Dentzer analyzes fiscal and budgetary problems facing the US, outlines current disputes, and explains whether or not they revolve around healthcare. While examining current battles between Congress and the White House, she offers both short-and long-term solut ...

In this informative presentation, Susan Dentzer analyzes fiscal and budgetary problems facing the US, outlines current disputes, and explains whether or not they revolve around healthcare. While examining current battles between Congress and the White House, she offers both short-and long-term solutions, and explains what it all means for everyone - from consumers to associations and corporations.

A Roadmap to Decency, Rising to Meet America’s Healthcare Challenge

As an expert on healthcare policy, Susan Dentzer cuts through the rhetoric and examines the latest policy changes and explains what they mean for the future. ...

As an expert on healthcare policy, Susan Dentzer cuts through the rhetoric and examines the latest policy changes and explains what they mean for the future.

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Susan Dentzer is Senior Policy Adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest health and healthcare philanthropy, based in Princeton, New Jersey. In this role, she works closely with foundation leaders to carry out the organizational mission of improving the health and health care of all Americans. One of the nation's most respected health and health policy thought leaders and journalists, she is also an on-air analyst on health issues on the PBS NewsHour

Dentzer is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations, and a fellow of both the National Academy of Social Insurance, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation’s leading experts on social insurance, and the Hastings Center, an institution dedicated to bioethics and the public interest. She is also a public trustee of the American Board of Medical Specialties, the not-for-profit organization that oversees 24 approved medical specialty boards in setting standards for board certification and maintenance of certification for the nation’s physicians, and a member of the board of directors of Research!America, which advocates for increased US investment in biomedical research. 

Dentzer is a frequent guest and commentator on such National Public Radio shows as This American Life and The Diane Rehm Show. From May 2008 to April 2013, Dentzer was the Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs, the nation’s leading journal of health policy, where she transformed the journal from a bimonthly academic publication to a highly readable and topical monthly journal and online publication with more than 120 million page views annually. 

Prior to joining the journal, Dentzer was on-air correspondent on health and health policy for the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, where she earned numerous awards for her work. (The unit was supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.) Before joining PBS NewsHour, Dentzer served as chief economics correspondent and economics columnist for U.S. News & World Report and a senior writer for Newsweek

Dentzer has been the recipient of several fellowships, including the Nieman Fellowship for journalists at Harvard University and the US-Japan Leadership Program fellowship sponsored by the Japan Society of New York. 

Dentzer is also a member of the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian organization providing relief to refugees and displaced persons around the world. She chairs the IRC board’s Program Committee, which oversees the organization’s activities in resettling refugees in the United States and in dealing with refugees and displaced persons in roughly 25 countries. Dentzer has served on IRC commissions examining the problems of domestic violence against women in West Africa and, in 2007, the situation of Iraqi refugees in Syria and Jordan. 

A graduate of Dartmouth and holder of an honorary master of arts from the institution, Ms. Dentzer is a Dartmouth trustee emerita, and was the only woman to date to chair the Dartmouth Board of Trustees, which she did from 2001 to 2004. Winner of the Dartmouth Alumni Award, the Young Alumni Award and the Dartmouth Presidential Medal for Achievement, she has served on the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth Medical School since 1993. 

Dentzer, her husband and their three children live in the Washington, DC area.