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James N. Weinstein

Senior Fellow, The Healthcare Initiative; Clinical Professor

Email

james.n.weinstein@tuck.dartmouth.edu

Phone

Degree

MSc, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, 1995; DO, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1977; BS, Bradley University, 1972

Areas of Expertise

Health policy, outcomes, and measurement research; orthopaedics; spinal surgery; cancer; pain

Bio

Dr. James N. Weinstein is emeritus chief executive officer and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System (2010–17) and past director of the Dartmouth Institute in the Geisel School of Medicine (2007–11). He is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and serves on its Population Health board, and recently chaired the committee for Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity for the U.S., the fifth most cited report of the Academy in 2017. He is an internationally renowned spine surgeon and also editor-in-chief of Spine, the most cited journal in the field. Dr. Weinstein is the inaugural executive director and founding member of the National High Value Healthcare Collaborative (HVHC), a partnership of more than a dozen health systems across the U.S. that have taken on the challenge of improving the quality of care while lowering costs for the country. At Dartmouth College he holds the titles Peggy Y. Thomson Professor for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Professor of The Dartmouth Institute, Professor of Community and Family Medicine, and Professor of Orthopaedics, and served as inaugural chair and co-founded the Masters of Health Care Delivery Science program at Tuck.

Current Research Topics

  • Public partnerships
  • Disparities in healthcare, outcomes, and cost
  • Inequities vs. inequalities
  • Using remote sensing to manage chronic disease
  • Bio-printing to advance manufacturing of tissues and organs
  • Surgical versus nonsurgical therapy for various spinal maladies
  • Informed choice as a means to an end, small area variation


Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Peggy Y. Thomson Professor for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Geisel School of Medicine, 2010–present
  • Clinical Professor, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, 2018
  • Visiting Scholar, Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University, 2017
  • Clinical Professor, Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University, 2018
  • Senior Fellow, The Healthcare Initiative, Tuck School of Business, 2017–present
  • Professor of The Dartmouth Institute, 1996–present
  • Professor of Community and Family Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine, 1996–present
  • Professor of Orthopaedics, Geisel School of Medicine, 1996–present, Inaugural Chairman

Nonacademic positions

  • Entrepreneur Partner, Polaris Partners, 2018
  • Consultant, Booz-Allen, U.S. Military Health System, 2017–present
  • Consultant, McKinsey HealthCare, 2017–present
  • Chief Executive Officer and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, 2011–17
  • President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic, 2010
  • Director, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI), 2007–11
  • Inaugural Executive Director and founding member, High Value Health Collaborative, 2010–present

Board positions

  • National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine (NASEM)
  • NASEM Board for Population Health and Public Health Practice
  • NASEM Committee on Community Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the U.S.
  • Trustee, Max Planck Institute
  • Trustee, Intermountain Health System
  • Trustee, ImagineCare
  • Member, Special Medical Advisory Group of the VA (Veterans Administration)

Editorial positions

Editor in Chief: Spine; Reviewer: New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association


Awards

  • Justin Ford Kimball Innovator’s Award, American Hospital Association, 2017
  • Named one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine, 2016
  • Named one of the “Top Physicians to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review, 2016
  • Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient, 2015

Working Papers

  • With C. Christensen and B. James, “The Future Health Care Business Model”
  • “ImagineCare Case Study”
  • “Association Between a Measure of Community Distress and Medicare Patients’ Use, Care Quality, Outcomes, and Costs”
  • “How Do We Move Beyond Regression to the Mean? Improving Health and Health Care”

Selected Publications

  • With W.B. Weeks, K.B. Kirkland, and C. Freeh, “Decedents’ Reduced Expenditures Account for Most of the Recent Reductions in Medicare Expenditures: an Observational Study,” JAMA Internal Medicine, forthcoming
  • “Clinical Decisions: Management of Sciatica,” New England Journal of Medicine, 376, 2017
  • With W.B. Weeks, “Per-Capita Medicare Expenditures, Primary Care Access, Mortality Rates, and the Least Healthy Cities in America,” American Journal of Medicine, 130(1), 2017
  • With W.B. Weeks, W.J. Schoellkopf, L. Sorensen, A.L. Masica, and R.E. Nesse, “The High Value Health Care Collaborative: Observational Analyses of Care Episodes for Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Surgery,” Journal of Arthroplasty, 32(3), 2017
  • With W.B. Weeks, W.J. Schoellkopf, D.J. Ballard, and G.S. Kaplan, “Episode-of-Care Characteristics and Costs for Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery in Hospitals Belonging to the High Value Healthcare Collaborative Compared to Similar Hospitals in the Same Healthcare Markets,” Medical Care, 55(6), 2017
  • With W.B. Weeks, Unraveled: Prescriptions to Repair a Broken Health Care System, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016
  • With A.K. Sharan, “The Science of Health Care Delivery,” The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 98(18), 2016
  • With T.D. Tosteson, J.D. Lurie, A.N. Tosteson, E. Blood, B. Hanscom, H. Herkowitz, F. Cammisa, T. Albert, S.D. Boden, A. Hilibrand, H. Goldberg, S. Berven, and H. An, “Surgical Versus Nonsurgical Therapy for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis,” New England Journal of Medicine, 358(8), 2008
  • With J.D. Lurie, T.D. Tosteson, B. Hanscom, A.N. Tosteson, E.A. Blood, N.J. Birkmeyer, A.S. Hilibrand, H. Herkowitz, F.P. Cammisa, T.J. Albert, S.E. Emery, L.G. Lenke, W.A. Abdu, M. Longley, T.J. Errico, and S.S. Hu, “Surgical Versus Nonsurgical Treatment for Lumbar Degenerative Spondylolisthesis,” New England Journal of Medicine, 356(22), 2007
  • With D. Lurie, T.D. Tosteson, J.S. Skinner, B. Hanscom, A.N. Tosteson, H. Herkowitz, J. Fischgrund, F.P. Cammisa, T. Albert, and R.A. Deyo, “Surgical vs Nonoperative Treatment for Lumbar Disk Herniation: The Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (Sport) Observational Cohort,” JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, 296(20), 2006
  • With T.D. Tosteson, J.D. Lurie, A.N. Tosteson, B. Hanscom, J.S. Skinner, W.A. Abdu, A.S. Hilibrand, S.D. Boden, and R.A. Deyo, “Surgical vs Nonoperative Treatment for Lumbar Disk Herniation: The Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT): A Randomized Trial,” JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, 296(20), 2006
  • With K.K. Bronner, T.S. Morgan, and J.E. Wennberg, “Trends and Geographic Variations in Major Surgery for Degeneratve Diseases of the Hip, Knee, and Spine: Is There a Roadmap for Change?” Health Affairs, 81, 2004
  • With J.S. Skinner, S.M. Sporer, and J.E. Wennberg, “Racial, Ethnic, and Geographic Disparities in Rates of Knee Arthroplasty among Medicare Patients,” New England Journal of Medicine, 349(14), 2003
  • With N.J.O. Birkmeyer, A.N.A Tosteson, T.D. Tosteson, J.S. Skinner, J.D.N. Lurie, R. Deyo, and J.E. Wennberg, “Design of the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT),” Spine, 27(12), 2002
  • With N.J.O. Birkmeyer, A.N.A. Tosteson, T.D. Tosteson, J.S. Skinner, J.D.N. Lurie, R. Deyo, and J.E. Wennberg, “Design of the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT),” Spine, 27(12), 2002