James N. Weinstein, DO, MS
James N. Weinstein, DO, MS
James N. Weinstein, DO, MS is the Chief Executive Officer of Dartmouth-Hitchcock. As CEO and President, Dr. Weinstein leads a health system that includes New Hampshire's academic medical center and a network of clinics across two states, serving a patient population of 1.4 million.
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). He is the Founding Chairman of the Departments of Orthopaedics at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth Medical School, and Co-Founder with Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim of The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and successor to Jack Wennberg as the holder of the Peggy Y. Thomson Chair in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth Medical School.
Along with leaders of Cleveland Clinic, Denver Health, Intermountain Healthcare, Mayo Clinic, and TDI, Dr. Weinstein founded the High Value Healthcare Collaborative, which is dedicated to improving health care quality and practice, while lowering costs. Recently named members of the Collaborative include UCLA Medical Center, Sutter Health, University of Iowa Health Care, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Scott and White Healthcare, Baylor Health Care System, Long Island Jewish, and Beth Israel Deaconess.
As a researcher, he has received more than $50 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is principal investigator for the 13 center, 11 state, NIH-funded SPORT (Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial) study, the first large-scale trial to look at the effectiveness of the three most common surgical procedures for back pain, as compared to non-operative treatment. As a leader in advancing "informed choice" to ensure patients receive evidence-based, safe, effective, efficient and appropriate care, he established the first-in-the-nation Center for Shared Decision-Making at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, where patient preferences and values are an integral part of diagnostic and treatment decisions.
An internationally renowned spine surgeon, he is known as one of the foremost experts on spine tumors and developed the first-ever Spine Tumor Classification system, which continues to be used around the world. At Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Dr. Weinstein founded the multidisciplinary Spine Center, which has become an international model for patient-centered health care delivery. He is the winner of the Wiltse Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. He is the Editor in Chief of the journal Spine, and author of more than 270 papers and articles, including the Musculoskeletal Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care.
Dr. Weinstein serves on numerous national boards and committees. He has been closely involved in the development of health reform legislation, and continues to provide insights and information to the Administration and Congress on achieving real reform of the health care system.
Dr. Weinstein is a graduate of Bradley University, the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences (now TDI.)