Susan Dentzer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank and membership organization that fosters innovation leading to better health care, smarter spending, and healthier people. With offices in Washington, DC and Boston, MA, NEHI counts among its members nearly 100 organizations across the spectrum of health and health care, and engages them in cross-sector efforts to produce constructive change.
One of the nation's most respected health and health policy thought leaders and a frequent speaker and commentator on television and radio, including PBS and NPR, Dentzer previously served as senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy focused on health and health care in the United States. She also was formerly editor- in-chief of the policy journal Health Affairs, and the on-air Health Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. Dentzer 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 is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and also serves on the academy’s 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, a leading global humanitarian organization; and is a member of the board of directors of the Public Health Institute, the nonprofit organization addressing public health issues and solutions nationwide. She also is a member of the RAND Health Board of Advisors and the March of Dimes national advisory board. She served from 2011 to June 2017 as a public member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties, which assists 24 medical specialty boards in the ongoing evaluation and certification of physicians.
Dentzer graduated from Dartmouth, is a trustee emerita of the college, and chaired the Dartmouth Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004. She has served as a member of the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth Medical School for more than two decades. Dentzer holds an honorary master’s degree from Dartmouth and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Muskingum University. She, her husband, and their three children live in the Washington, DC area.