Senior Policy Fellow
Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy, Duke University
Susan Dentzer is senior policy fellow for the Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University. Ms. Dentzer is one of the nation’s most respected health and health policy thought leaders. She is a frequent speaker and commentator on television and radio and an author of commentaries and analyses in print publications. From 2016 to 2019, Ms. Dentzer was president/CEO of the nonprofit, nonpartisan Network for Excellence in Health Innovation. From 2013 to 2016, she was senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Prior to that, she served as the editor-in-chief of the policy journal Health Affairs. From 1998 to 2008, she was the on-air health correspondent for PBS NewsHour.
Ms. Dentzer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and also serves on the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. She is 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. She is also a member of the boards of directors of the International Rescue Committee, Research!America, and the Public Health Institute, among other board and committee appointments. Ms. Dentzer graduated from Dartmouth, is a trustee emerita of the college and serves on the advisory board for the Center for Global Health Equity at Dartmouth. Ms. Dentzer holds an honorary master’s degree from Dartmouth and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Muskingum University.