Senior Policy Fellow
Susan Dentzer is the Senior Policy Fellow at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University. Based in Washington, DC, she works on a range of health policy issues including health system transformation, the use of artificial intelligence and related technologies in health care, bio-pharmaceuticals policy, and improving cancer care as well as maternity and infant care. Dentzer is the editor and lead author of the book, “Health Care Without Walls: A Roadmap for Reinventing U.S. Health Care”. Dentzer previously led the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, a nonprofit that sought to advance innovation in health care. A longtime journalist, she has been on-air analyst on health issues with the PBS NewsHour and a commentator on health policy for National Public Radio. She wrote and hosted the 2015 PBS documentary, “Reinventing American Healthcare,” focusing on the innovations pioneered by the Geisinger Health System and spread to health systems across the nation.
Dentzer was formerly Senior Policy Adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Editor-in Chief of the Health Policy Journal Health Affairs. From 1998-2008 she was the on-air health correspondent for the PBS NewsHour.
Dentzer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and 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 also on the boards of directors of the International Rescue Committee; Research!America; and the Public Health Institute. She is a member of the RAND Health Board of Advisors, the March of Dimes national public policy advisory board, and the board of the Women’s Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal). She is a member of Women of Impact, and a former public member of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Dentzer holds an honorary master’s degree from Dartmouth and an honorary doctorate from Muskingum University.