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Susan Dentzer, Healthcare Speaker

Susan Dentzer

    • Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs
    • Senior Policy Advisor at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    • Health Analyst for PBS NewsHour
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$15,000 - $20,000

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Susan Dentzer moderates on compassionate healthcare

Susan Dentzer moderates on compassionate healthcare

Susan Dentzer is Senior Policy Advisor at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest health and health care philanthropy. In this role, she works closely with foundation leaders to carry out the organizational mission of improving the health and health care of all Americans. One of the nation’s most respected health and health policy thought leaders and journalists, she is also an on-air analyst on health issues on the PBS NewsHour.

Susan Dentzer is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations, and a fellow of the National Academy of Social Insurance, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation's leading experts on social insurance, and the Hastings Center, an 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, and a member of the board of directors of Research!America, which advocates for increased US Investment in biomedical research.

Dentzer is a frequent guest and commentator on such National Public Radio shows as This American Life and The Diane Rehm Show. From May 2008 to April 2013, Dentzer was Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs, the nation’s leading journal of health policy, where she transformed the journal from a bimonthly academic publication to a topical monthly journal and online publication with more than in excess 120 million page views annually.

Prior to joining the journal, Dentzer was on-air correspondent on health and health policy for the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, where she earned numerous awards for her work. (The unit was supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.) Before joining the NewsHour, Dentzer served as chief economics correspondent and economics columnist for US News & World Report and a senior writer for Newsweek.

Dentzer has been the recipient of several fellowships, including the Nieman Fellowship for journalists at Harvard and the US-Japan Leadership Program fellowship sponsored by the Japan Society of New York.

Dentzer 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 displaces persons in roughly 25 countries.  Dentzer has served on IRC commissions examining the problems of domestic violence against women in West Africa and, in 2007, the situation of Iraqi refugees in Syria and Jordan.

A graduate of Dartmouth and holder of an honorary master of arts from the institution, Ms. Dentzer is a Dartmouth trustee emerita, and was the only woman to date to chair the Dartmouth Board of Trustees, which she did from 2001 to 2004. Winner of the Dartmouth Alumni Award, the Young Alumni Award and the Dartmouth Presidential Medal for Achievement, she has served on the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth Medical School since 1993.

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


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