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Susan Dentzer, D’77 to Address Tuck Community on Reforming the U.S. Health Care Delivery System

  • Date: 25 Feb
  • Location: Borelli Classroom - Tuck School
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.

Susan Dentzer (D'77) is the Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs, he nation’s leading peer-reviewed journal focused on the intersection of health, health care and health policy in the United States and internationally. Ms. Denzter was formerly the Chief Economics Correspondent and Economics Columnist for U.S. News & World Report, and previously was a senior writer at Newsweek.

Ms. Dentzer will serve as the Winter Term 2013 Uhrig Healthcare Initiative Speaker on Monday, February 25, 2013 and will address the Tuck community at 6:30 p.m. on the topic of Reforming the U.S. Health Care Delivery System. The Uhrig Healthcare Initiative Speaker Series was made possible by Jonathan M. Uhrig (T’87) and Jennifer S. Uhrig (T’87).  This speaker series brings distinguished guest speakers to Tuck to discuss critical issues related to business and healthcare.

Biography:

Susan Dentzer is the editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, the nation’s leading peer-reviewed journal focused on the intersection of health, health care and health policy in the United States and internationally. One of the nation’s most respected health and health policy journalists, she is an on-air analyst on health issues with the PBS NewsHour, and a frequent guest and commentator on such National Public Radio shows as This American Life and The Diane Rehm Show.

Dentzer is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, and of the Council on Foreign Relations, the independent, nonpartisan membership organization and think tank dedicated to exploring the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.

At Health Affairs, Dentzer oversees the journal’s team of nearly 30 editors and other staff in producing the monthly publication and web site. Health Affairs has been described by the Washington Post as the “Bible” of health policy. Its articles and their authors are frequently cited in the Congressional Record and in congressional testimony as well as in the news media.  The Health Affairs web site records more than 90 million page views annually. 

Before joining Health Affairs in May 2009, Dentzer was on-air Health Correspondent at the PBS NewsHour. From 1998 to 2008, she led the show’s unit providing in-depth coverage of health care and health policy. Prior to joining the PBS NewsHour, she was chief economics correspondent and economics columnist for U.S. News & World Report, and previously was a senior writer at Newsweek.

Dentzer’s other work in television has included appearances as a regular analyst or commentator on CNN and The McLaughlin Group. Her writing has also earned her several fellowships, including a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, where she studied health economics and policy, and a U.S.-Japan Leadership Program Fellowship, during which she researched the effects of the rapidly aging Japanese population.

In addition to her membership of the Institute of Medicine, Dentzer is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation's leading experts on social insurance, is a fellow of the Hastings Center, a nonpartisan research institution dedicated to bioethics and the public interest. She is also a public trustee of The American Board of Medical Specialties, the not-for-profit organization that oversees 24 approved medical specialty boards in setting standards for board certification and maintenance of certification for the nation’s physicians. Dentzer is a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicare and the Uninsured, and serves on the public policy advisory group to the March of Dimes.

Dentzer is a member of the Board of Directors of Research!America, the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance committed to making research to improve health a higher national priority. She is also a member of the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian organization providing relief to refugees and displaced persons around the world. She chairs the IRC board’s Program Committee, which oversees the organization’s activities in resettling refugees in the United States and in dealing with refugees and displaced persons in roughly 25 countries. 

A graduate of Dartmouth and holder of an honorary master of arts from the institution, Ms. Dentzer is a Dartmouth trustee emerita and chaired the Dartmouth Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004. She serves on the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth Medical School.  She also serves on public policy advisory boards of the Phillip Lee Institute at the University of California at San Francisco and of Johns Hopkins Health.

Dentzer, her husband and their three children live in the Washington, DC area.

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