Susan Dentzer

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Susan Dentzer
Susan Dentzer
Dentzer in 2012
ResidenceChevy Chase, Maryland
EducationBA English[1]
Alma materDartmouth College
Home townLarchmont, New York[2]
Spouse(s)Charles "Chuck" Alston[3][4]
ChildrenWilliam, Samuel and Grace Alston[4]

Susan Dentzer an American health care and health policy journalist.[5] She is the president and chief executive officer of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI).[6] Prior to NEHI she served as is the senior policy adviser for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She was the editor-in-chief of the journal Health Affairs.[7]


She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations.[8] She is a former health correspondent for the News Hour with Jim Lehrer and correspondent and columnist for U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek.[9] She is a graduate of Dartmouth College, class of 1977, and a member of the Nieman Fellowship class of 1987.[3] She served on the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College from 1993 to 2004.[10]

Early life[edit]

In 1973, she became one of the first women to attend Dartmouth. In 1993 she was the first alumna to be nominated to the board of trustees in an alumni election, and in 2001 she became the first alumna to chair the board of trustees.[1] She is now a trustee emerita at Dartmouth.[11]


In May 2008 Dentzer joined Health Affairs, a journal on health policy in the US and internationally,[12] until 2013.[13] In 1998 Dentzer joined "The NewsHour" serving as its on-air health correspondent for ten years and leading the show’s award-winning unit covering health care and health policy. Before joining "The NewsHour", Dentzer served from 1987 to 1997 as chief economics correspondent and economics columnist for U.S. News & World Report. Prior to her role at U.S. News, Dentzer was at Newsweek reporting on business news as a senior writer.[14] Dentzer’s 2015 PBS documentary Reinventing American Healthcare covered the Geisinger Health System.[13]



  1. ^ a b Daukas, John B. (March 3, 2009). "Dartmouth Alumni Award Recipient, 2008–09". Dartmouth Alumni Council. Retrieved March 3, 2009.
  2. ^ Dentzer, Susan. "Facebook Profile". Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Nieman Foundation > Nieman Fellowships : Meet the Fellows > Alumni Fellows > Class of 1987". Archived from the original on 1 November 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Ardith Campbell Dentzer". Obituary. Larchmont Gazette. December 2, 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  5. ^ Dentzer, Susan (May 9, 2013). "Susan Dentzer: Toward a Healthy America". Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "Susan Dentzer President and CEO". Network for Excellence in Health Innovation. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  7. ^ "Dentzer leaving post at Health Affairs". Modern Healthcare. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  8. ^ "KCMU Members". Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Where Are They Now". NewsHour. PBS. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Trustees Emeriti". Dartmouth College. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  11. ^ "Biographies". Health Affairs. Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  12. ^ "Susan Dentzer". Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Susan Dentzer". Washington Speakers Bureau. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  14. ^ "2009 IU Business Conference to focus on converging issues: health care, energy and the environment". Indiana University. January 22, 2009. Retrieved June 13, 2017.

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