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Susan Dentzer

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.


Leadership Insights: Leading Through a Lens of Health Equity

Presented by Airica Steed, EdD, RN, FACHE, Nick Macchione, FACHE, Ronald L. Copeland, MD, Susan Dentzer at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 23rd.

Everyone deserves access to high-quality healthcare, but systemic inequities in access to and delivery of care have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare leaders play a unique and critical role in the fight to reduce these inequities, and it is an ethical and business imperative that healthcare leaders reflect the populations they serve.…

Leadership Insights: Save Every Life You Can – Rewriting the Rules and Rebuilding the System to Navigate a Once in a Lifetime Pandemic

Presented by Joan E. McInerney, MD, FACEP, Richard A. Stone, MD, Susan Dentzer at 10:00 AM on Monday, March 22nd.

This is a moderated discussion with Dr. Richard Stone, Acting Under Secretary for Health at the Veterans Health Administration, and Dr. Joan McInerney, Network Director for the New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network. Hear these leaders reflect on the last year combatting the COVID-19 pandemic in the largest healthcare system in the nation. They…

Master Series: Masters of Care Delivery

Presented by David L. Callender, MD, Marna P. Borgstrom, FACHE, Susan Dentzer at 1:10 PM on Wednesday, March 24th.

Join leading healthcare CEOs, Marna P. Borgstrom, FACHE, CEO, Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale New Haven Health, and David L. Callender, MD, president/CEO, Memorial Hermann Health System, to gain insight into the role that senior leaders play in leading delivery of care initiatives and improving work processes on a large scale. Borgstrom and Callender…

Master Series: Masters of Quality/Safety

Presented by Melinda Estes, MD, Michael A. Slubowski, FACHE, FACMPE, Susan Dentzer at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, March 24th.

Join Melinda Estes, MD, president/CEO, Saint Luke’s Health System, and Michael A. Slubowski, FACHE, president/CEO, Trinity Health as they discuss advances in the field of healthcare quality and patient safety, as well as new challenges posed by the ongoing global pandemic. Estes and Slubowski will share strategies for identifying ongoing and emerging quality and safety…