Esteemed journalist and health policy analyst will bring expertise and leadership to health policy institute


The Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI) – a nonprofit, non-partisan health policy institute focused on enabling innovations that improve health, boost health care quality and lower costs – is pleased to announce that Susan Dentzer, a leading national expert in health care and health policy, will become the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer effective March 2016, succeeding the founding president and chief executive officer, Wendy Everett, ScD.

“We are so proud to announce that Susan Dentzer will take the leadership of NEHI,” says Dr. John Fallon, Chair of NEHI’s Board of Directors. “She has remarkable experience in leading organizations focused on health and health care and is well recognized for her thoughtful and innovative analysis of health policy. We know she will bring the full weight of this experience and expertise to her new role.”

In her role as President and CEO, Dentzer will drive the organization’s strategic agenda and priorities, work closely with its members to identify key issues, promote NEHI’s research and policy recommendations, and serve as the organization’s spokesperson, providing insightful analyses of the U.S. health care system.

 “NEHI is in a unique position, given its ability to bring together the wide spectrum of entities involved in health and health care, to identify and drive opportunities for innovation,” Dentzer said. “I’m humbled and grateful to be able to work with the members and partners, identifying cross-cutting issues and promoting intelligent and innovative policy approaches.”

Since 2013, Dentzer has been Senior Policy Adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy focused on U.S. health and health care. She previously served as editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, a leading journal of health policy, and as on-air health correspondent on the PBS NewsHour.  She is a frequent speaker and commentator on the NewsHour, National Public Radio and other television and radio networks.

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 in 1986-87.