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Susan Dentzer

President and CEO, Network for Excellence in Health Innovation; Senior Policy Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Health Policy Analyst, PBS NewsHour and Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs (2008-2013)

Renowned health policy expert Susan Dentzer discusses with audiences health care reform, economic and budget policy issues, the future of Social Security and Medicare and what lies ahead for Congress and the White House, working through the myriad of issues facing this country.

Health Care

Dentzer speaks on a wide variety of topics in health care arena including the impact and future of the Affordable Care Act, rising health care costs; aging; breakthroughs in treatment and research; health insurance issues; health policy issues such as Medicare reform, the uninsured, and prescription drug coverage.

Social Security

Dentzer has followed closely the on-going debate over reforming Social Security over the years. She speaks knowledgeably on the economics and politics of Social Security, and places these in the broader context of the overall effects on the U.S. and the world of the rapid aging of the population.

The Federal Budget

Dentzer has followed federal fiscal policy for over two decades, from the era of federal budget deficits to surpluses and back again to the current budget deficits. She addresses the debate over restraining the growth of spending, cutting or raising taxes and balancing the nation’s commitments to health care, retirement and social programs.

The Economy

From consumer spending to international trade to the performance of the financial markets, Dentzer takes a broad look at the economy’s performance and examines the underlying factors likely to shape the economy's perforrmance in future years. Dentzer specializes in making these presentations sophisticated and yet “user-friendly” and readily understandable for non-specialist audiences.

Higher Education

Dentzer is chair of the Dartmouth Board of Trustees and has a longstanding interest in higher education. She speaks on a range of topics in this field, including the importance of liberal arts education; the costs and value of higher education in general; critical issues in university and academic governance. She has also delivered several commencement addresses. Rather than giving off-the-shelf address, she tailors her speeches for each institution and to the graduating students, giving the occasion a personal touch.

Meet Susan Dentzer

Renowned health policy expert Susan Dentzer discusses with audiences health care reform, economic and budget policy issues, the future of Social Security and Medicare and what lies ahead for Congress and the White House, working through the myriad of issues facing this country.

Susan Dentzer is the president and CEO of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, a non-profit, non-partisan health policy institute focused on enabling innovations that improve health, boost health care quality and lower costs.  She’s also the senior policy advisor for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation's largest philanthropy focused on U.S. health and health care, and is one of the nation's most respected health care journalists and thought leaders. Prior to joining the RWJF, Dentzer served for five years as editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, the nation's leading journal of health policy, which she transformed from a bimonthly academic publication to a topical monthly journal. She served as on-air health correspondent for the PBS NewsHour from 1998 to 2008 and remains an on-air analyst on health policy for the show. She is also a frequent guest on a number of National Public Radio programs, including The Diane Rehm Show. Today, Dentzer is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences and the Board on Population Health; an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a fellow of the National Academy of Social Insurance; a fellow of The Hastings Center, a nonpartisan bioethics research institute; a member of the board of directors of the International Rescue Committee, a leading humanitarian organization; serves on the board of directors of Research!America, an alliance working to make research to improve health a higher priority. She is also 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; a member of the board of directors of the Public Health Institute, the nonprofit organization addressing public health issues and solutions nationwide; a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, the RAND Health Board of Advisors, the March of Dimes national advisory board and the national advisory committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows. She graduated from Dartmouth, is a trustee emerita of the college, chaired the Dartmouth Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004 and currently serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth Medical School.

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