by Susan Dentzer and Eugene Litvak

Systems engineering principles prevent train wrecks. Let’s use them now to distribute COVID vaccines.

The rollout of vaccines against COVID-19 — a “dismal failure” to date, in President-elect Joe Biden’s words — has been nothing short of a train wreck. As of mid-January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, only about 12.3 million of the 31 million doses of vaccine shipped to states have been stuck into individuals’ arms. Vaccines are in short supply in some areas, while those shipped to other states and hospitals are sitting in refrigerators and going unused. Senior citizens sometimes wait in line for hours to get vaccinated, but in other…

By Ray Dorsey and Susan Dentzer

COVID-19 has exposed the shortcomings of the U.S. health care system. Never before have hospitals, physicians, nurses, administrators, medical staff, and many others worked so hard to address a public health emergency. Never before have medical centers and physician practices lost more money or health care workers more jobs.

Similarly, the loss of nearly 30 million jobs across the U.S. economy has demonstrated the limitations of employment-based health insurance. Although many employers have maintained health insurance for furloughed employees, that may not continue. Consequently, 25 to 43 million Americans could lose their employer-sponsored health insurance.1 …

My beloved father, William T. Dentzer, Jr. will turn 90 on August 29, 2019. His story is an everlasting inspiration to me and my siblings. He wrote this brief autobiographical sketch for his alma mater, Muskingum University in Ohio, last year. Read it here, and may we all be inspired by a life well lived in the midst of our current challenging times. — Susan Dentzer


I was born in 1929 at the outset of the Great Depression in Rochester, Pa., a small town in about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. My loving parents were…

Lewis Thomas — An O.G.

Commencement address by Susan Dentzer

Here’s what I told the graduating MD’s, Doctors of Pharmacy, and other graduate students at the Northeast Ohio Medical University commencement this year.

Greetings to all of you graduating today, and to all the people here who have helped you get where you are — your friends and family members, and your faculty, administrators, and community. If you’re lucky, you‘ve had plenty of people whom you’ll always think of as OG’s.

For those of you who are approximately my age and older or who are otherwise not familiar with this terminology, OG originally meant “Original…

Susan Dentzer

Susan Dentzer, Senior Policy Fellow at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, is a journalist, commentator, and respected health policy thought leader.

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