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Chief Executive Officer and President

James N. Weinstein, DO, MS

Photo of James N. Weinstein, DO, MS Dr. James N. Weinstein is Chief Executive Officer and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. The $1.6 billion system includes New Hampshire’s only academic medical center and a network of clinics across New Hampshire and Vermont, serving a patient population of 1.5 million. Under his leadership, Dartmouth-Hitchcock is working to create a “sustainable health system” for patients, providers, payers and communities. He has built partnerships with disparate providers throughout Northern New England, and the United States, to deliver optimum care at lower cost to patients in the region.

Immediately prior to becoming CEO in 2011, Dr. Weinstein served as President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic and Director of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI). 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. Dr. Weinstein holds the Peggy Y. Thomson Chair in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Dr. Weinstein is a founding member, along with Mayo Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare, TDI and Denver Health, of the national High Value Healthcare Collaborative, a partnership of nearly 20 health systems with 70,000 providers and 70 million patients in all 50 states. This group has 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 collection of patient reported measures.

As a researcher and internationally renowned spine surgeon, Dr. Weinstein has received more than $60 million in federal funding and has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles. He is a leader in advancing “informed choice” to ensure patients receive evidence-based, safe, effective, efficient and appropriate care. In 1999, he established the first-in-the-nation Center for Shared Decision Making at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. He also founded the multidisciplinary Spine Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, which has become an international model for patient-centered health care delivery and incorporates patient-reported outcomes in clinical practice, adding a new dimension to the process and clinical measurements traditionally used to judge the efficacy and value of care.

Dr. Weinstein is frequently consulted by members of Congress, the Administration, as well as government leaders in New Hampshire and Vermont, on health policy and reform. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine and serves on the organization’s Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice. He has been named one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine and, most recently, been named one of “The 50 Most Influential People in Healthcare” by Becker’s Hospital News magazine. Dr. Weinstein has been interviewed by Bill Moyers, TR Reid, Katie Couric and others for documentaries and news articles. He has recently been asked by President Obama’s Secretary of the Veterans Administration to serve as an advisor to the VA health system.


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