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Susan Dentzer
Health Affairs

Susan Dentzer is Editor-In-Chief of Health Affairs, which is published by Project HOPE and is the nation’s leading health policy journal. Ms. Dentzer came to Health Affairs from The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, where she was the on-air health correspondent and head of the program’s health unit. Under Dentzer’s aegis, the unit garnered multiple awards, including first place for excellence from the Association of Health Care Journalists for a 2005 series on a soldier badly wounded in Iraq.

Ms. Dentzer’s journalistic experience spans both broadcast and print media and includes service as the Chief Economics Correspondent at U.S. News & World Report and as Senior Business Writer at Newsweek.

Ms. Dentzer serves on the Boards of Directors of the Global Health Council and the International Rescue Committee, a leading humanitarian organization providing relief for refugees and displaced persons in 25 countries around the world. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Kaiser Commission on the Future of Medicaid and the Uninsured, the national advisory committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research, and the national advisory committee to the California Health Benefits Review Program. She has spoken on health care and other policy issues to a wide array of governmental, professional, and educational groups.

From 1993 to 2004, Dentzer was a member of the Board of Trustees for her alma mater, Dartmouth College, and she chaired the Board from 2001 through 2004. She continues to serve on the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth Medical School. Ms. Dentzer was previously a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and studied the Japanese economy and health care system as a Japan Society Leadership Program Fellow.

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