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Chief Executive Officer and President

Dr. James N. Weinstein

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Dr. James N. Weinstein is Chief Executive Officer and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock. The $1.9 billion system includes New Hampshire's only academic medical center and a network of affiliated hospitals and clinics across Vermont and New Hampshire, serving a patient population of about 2 million. Under his leadership, Dartmouth-Hitchcock is working to create a "sustainable health system" for the patients and communities it serves, for generations to come. He has built partnerships with a variety of providers throughout northern New England and the United States, to deliver optimum care at lowest cost to patients in the region.

Immediately prior to becoming CEO in 2011, Dr. Weinstein served as President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic and was Director of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI), home of the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, which for decades has documented the ongoing variations in health care delivery across the United States. His dual positions as Clinic President and TDI Director allowed him to build critical linkages between the groundbreaking health services research of TDI and the clinical care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, with a focus on better understanding and meeting the population health needs of the region Dartmouth-Hitchcock serves.

Dr. Weinstein is a founding member of the High Value Healthcare Collaborative (HVHC) and inaugural Chair of its Executive Committee. The Collaborative, whose founders also include Mayo Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare, The Dartmouth Institute, and Denver Health, is a national partnership of almost 20 health systems with 70,000 providers and 70 million patients in all 50 states. Together, these health systems have taken on the challenge of improving the quality of care while lowering costs. The Collaborative, through a master agreement, allows for data sharing, including electronic medical record data from each system, and the collection of patient reported measures.

Dr. Weinstein holds the Peggy Y. Thomson Chair in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth, and is Professor of Orthopaedics and of Health Policy and Clinical Practice. He created the Department of Orthopaedics at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth Medical School (formerly Orthopaedics had been part of General Surgery) and served for 10 years as the inaugural Chair of the Department.

He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and serves on its Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice. He currently chairs the NAM Committee on Community-Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the United States. The Committee's report will be released by the NAM in January, 2017.

Dr. Weinstein serves on several national and institutional boards and has been named as one of only three U.S. professors at the Institute for Hospital Management, Tsinghua University in China. He has worked with and continues to work with various governments in health reform around the world, most recently the Chinese and German governments.

Through his career, Dr. Weinstein has been a champion of informed choice among patients (as opposed to the traditional doctrine of informed consent.) He founded the first-in-the-nation Center for Shared Decision-Making, allowing patients to incorporate clinical trials evidence into decisions about their health care choices. The Spine Center at Dartmouth, which he established, has become a model for informed choice, drawing administrators and colleagues from around the world who wish to replicate the center in their own institutions.  In testimony before Congress, published research, and frequent participation in conferences and on national and international panels, he has demonstrated the financial, patient satisfaction, and outcomes benefits of shared decision making.

A practicing spine surgeon, Dr. Weinstein is a leader in the diagnosis, treatment and study of spinal disorders. He developed the primary classification system used for treating Spine Tumors, now used around the world. He recently was honored by the Chinese government for this work in recognition of the thousands of lives that have been saved in China since they transitioned to this system. His animal models for studying low back related symptoms have been recognized by the Bristol-Myers Career Research Award and the prestigious Kappa Delta Award. In 2006, he was only the 7th person to receive the Wiltse Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. Most recently, he has received the AAOS Orthopaedic Research and Education Fund Clinical Research Award for "The Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT)".

Dr. Weinstein's research has received more than $70 million in federal funding. He is the Principal Investigator of the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT), the largest study funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Weinstein also directed the first NIH sponsored, Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center in Musculoskeletal Health Care at Dartmouth (MCRC) and the initial T32 NIH training grant. His published research numbers in the several hundred of articles, all in peer-reviewed, internationally prominent journals.

Dr. Weinstein has served on many national and international committees, including the NCQA Spine Care Advisory Committee whose work resulted in the Back Pain Early Recognition Program; the National Quality Forum (NQF): Episodes of Care Working Group at CMS (AMI and Back Pain); and the Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicare (CMS/MCAC) National Advisory Boards for new technologies. He was a participant in the IOM's roundtable workshops covering evidence-based medicine, identifying highly effective clinical services, and shared decision making. He was nominated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve a three-year term on the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Council.

Last year, Dr. Weinstein was appointed to the Special Medical Advisory Group to provide advice to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Under Secretary for Health on matters relating to the care and treatment of veterans.

In 2015, Dr. Weinstein was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. He has been named one of "The 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" by Modern Healthcare magazine and named to Becker's Hospital Review's list of top "Physician Leaders to Know" for two consecutive years. His book, Unraveled: Prescriptions to Repair a Broken Health Care System, was published in February 2016.


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