Susan Dentzer, a leading national expert in health care and health policy, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation. In her role as President and CEO, Dentzer drives the organization’s strategic agenda and priorities, works closely with its members to identify key issues, promotes NEHI’s research and policy recommendations, and serves as the organization’s spokesperson, providing insightful analyses of the U.S. health care system.
Before coming to NEHI, Dentzer was Senior Policy Adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She previously served as editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, a leading journal of health policy, and as on-air health correspondent on the PBS NewsHour. She is a frequent speaker and commentator on the NewsHour, National Public Radio and other television and radio networks.
Dentzer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and serves on its Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice. She is also an elected member of 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 a member of the Board of Directors of the International Rescue Committee, and also serves on the Board of Directors of Research!America; is a public member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties; and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Health Institute. She is also a member of the RAND Health Board of Advisors and the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.
Dentzer is a graduate and trustee emerita of Dartmouth and formerly chaired the Dartmouth Board of Trustees. She also serves on the Board of Overseers of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, earned the institution’s Alumni Award, and holds an honorary Dartmouth master’s degree. She was also a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1986-87.
With a breadth of health care experience spanning several decades, Dr. Wendy Everett was chosen to oversee the formation of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI) in 2002 as its first president and was named Chief Executive Officer in 2014. Dr. Everett now serves as NEHI's Special Advisor where she leads NEHI's initiatives for the Global Lab for Health and the Nick Littlefield Fellowship.
Along with NEHI’s founders, Dr. Everett’s vision was to create an independent, research-based organization that convened diverse members of the health care industry to achieve the common goal of addressing the most urgent health care issues. Under her leadership, this vision has resulted in ground-breaking research on medical innovation, patient safety, health care spending and health care information technology, and has influenced significant national policy changes.
Dr. Everett works with public and private policymakers to translate NEHI’s research findings into long-term solutions that improve health care quality and lower health care costs. Previously, Dr. Everett held executive positions at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She has directed national demonstration programs for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Kaiser Family Foundations.
In addition, Dr. Everett is the Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, an independent state agency that monitors the reform of the health care delivery and payment systems in Massachusetts. She also serves on the boards of many philanthropic foundations and non-profit organizations.
Dr. Everett earned two bachelor of science degrees and she holds master’s and doctoral degrees in health policy and management from Harvard University.