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Susan Dentzer

Susan Dentzer is one of the nation’s most respected health policy experts and thought leaders, and is the Senior Policy Fellow at the Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University.

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Susan Dentzer is one of the nation’s most respected health policy experts and thought leaders, and is the Senior Policy Fellow at the Robert J. 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, biopharmaceuticals policy, and improving cancer care as well as maternity and infant care. She is the editor and lead author of the book “Health Care Without Walls: A Roadmap for Reinventing U.S. Health Care,” published in October 2018 on Amazon. com.

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.

Susan Dentzer's Programs

Speaking Topics

  • Political Economics

In this informative presentation, Susan Dentzer analyzes fiscal and budgetary problems facing the US, outlines current disputes, and explains whether or not they revolve around healthcare. While examining current battles between Congress and the White House, she offers both short-and long-term solutions, and explains what it all means for consumers, associations, and corporations.

  • The Future of Healthcare Policy

    As an expert on healthcare policy, Susan Dentzer cuts through the rhetoric and examines the latest policy changes and explains what they mean for the future. She will touch upon: The Future of Medicare reform Social security, Medicare, and Medicaid Rising to meet America’s Healthcare Challenge

  • Health Care

    Dentzer speaks on a wide variety of topics in health care, including 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. She also speaks frequently about Washington and health care –what’s ahead in Congress and within the Bush administration, and how that could have an effect on patients, health policy and providers.

  • Social Security

    Dentzer has followed closely the debate over reforming Social Security and creating a system of individual accounts within the program. 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 two decades, from the era of federal budget deficits to surpluses and back again to the current budget deficits. She speaks knowledgeably on 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.

Susan Dentzer's Books