Health Affairs and its publisher Project HOPE are pleased to announce that Susan Dentzer will become the journal’s new editor-in-chief on May 1, 2008.
Dentzer, one of the nation’s most respected health policy journalists, is currently an on-air correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on the Public Broadcasting Service. She heads The NewsHour’s health unit, which she helped create in 1998, and appears frequently on other programs such as Nightline and The McLaughlin Group. Her nearly three decades of journalistic experience span both broadcast and print media and include service as the chief economics correspondent at U.S. News & World Report and a senior business writer at Newsweek.
Dentzer has spoken on health care and other policy issues to a wide array of governmental, professional, and educational groups, and she has moderated panel discussions on key policy questions for organizations such as the AARP and the BlueCross BlueShield Association. She was selected through a process led by Health Affairs Founding Editor John Iglehart and will succeed Jamie Robinson, who is returning to his previous position as the Kaiser Permanente Distinguished Professor of Health Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.
“It’s a great honor to be taking the reins at Health Affairs after John Iglehart and Jamie Robinson have done so much to make it the preeminent health policy journal of our time,” Dentzer said. “I’m delighted to become part of Project HOPE, and I look forward to working with the journal’s talented staff to continue to bring the best thinking and writing to bear on the top domestic and global health issues confronting us all.
“I’m also deeply grateful to The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer for affording me the opportunity to frame these same types of stories for the knowledgeable PBS audience over the past decade. I look forward to continuing to do that, from my new perch at Health Affairs, as an on-air contributor to the show.”
“Susan will be a perfect fit for Health Affairs,” said Iglehart. “At the NewsHour and in many other forums, Susan has consistently made complex health policy issues understandable to a broad audience. This parallels the journal’s goal of presenting the highest-quality peer-reviewed health policy research in an accessible manner, so that it becomes part of the policy-making process.”
“We’re thrilled that Susan will be joining the Project HOPE family,” said John P. Howe III, MD, the president and CEO of Project HOPE. “As an international health education and humanitarian assistance organization, we’re particularly excited about her extensive background in global health. This also is an area in which Health Affairs has been expanding its coverage dramatically, thanks to support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.” Dentzer serves on the board of the directors of the Global Health Council and chairs the Health Committee of the International Rescue Committee’s board. She was invited to join the Council on Foreign Relations as a life member in 2005, in large part to extend the council’s focus on the nexus between global health and security.
“Knowing that Susan will continue to share her insight and knowledge with our audience as a contributor makes her departure easier to accept,” said Linda Winslow, Executive Producer of the NewsHour. “She has been a tremendous resource for the program for many years, and we are very glad her new job doesn’t mean our relationship is ending.”
Dentzer also serves on the Kaiser Commission on the Future of Medicaid and the Uninsured, and she is a member of the national advisory committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research. 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. As a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1986 and 1987, Dentzer studied political economy, health economics, and business at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Business School, and the Harvard School of Public Health.