John E. Wennberg, MD, MPH
Active Emeritus Professor of Community & Family Medicine and of The Dartmouth Institute
Peggy Y. Thomson Professor Emeritus in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences
Founder and Director Emeritus, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice
The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice
Areas of Expertise
The Peggy Y. Thomson Professor (Chair) in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences and Founder and Director Emeritus of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. He has been a Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine since 1980 and in the Department of Medicine since 1989.
Dr. Wennberg is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science and the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars. He has received numerous awards, including the Institute of Medicine’s 2008 Gustav O. Lienhard Award, the Association for Health Services Research's Distinguished Investigator Award, the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award in Clinical Medicine, and the Baxter Foundation's Health Services Research Prize.
Wennberg and colleague Al Mulley are co-founders of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, a non-profit corporation providing objective scientific information to patients about their treatment choices using interactive media. In 2005, Dr. Wennberg and Dr. Mulley were co-recipients of the Picker Institute Award for Advancement of Patient Centered Care.
Dr. Wennberg is the founding editor of The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, which examines the patterns of medical resource intensity and utilization in the United States. The Atlas project has also reported on patterns of end of life care, inequities in the Medicare reimbursement system, and the underuse of preventive care.
Dartmouth College in 2013 established the John E. Wennberg Distinguished Professorship.
A population health approach to reducing observational intensity bias in health risk adjustment: cross sectional analysis of insurance claims
BMJ, Apr. 10, 2014;348:
The Dartmouth Atlas of Medicare Prescription Drug Use
The Dartmouth Atlas, Oct. 15, 2013;
Trends in Cancer Care Near the End of Life
The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, September 4, 2013;
Observational intensity bias associated with illness adjustment: cross sectional analysis of insurance claims
BMJ, Feb. 21, 2013;BMJ 2013;346:f549:
Geographic Variation in Diagnosis Frequency and Risk of Death among Medicare Beneficiaries
Regional Variations in Diagnostic Practices
In the Media
Expensive Hospitals Aren’t Any Better
Bloomberg News, August 5, 2014 »
Shared Decision Making Champion: John E. Wennberg, MD, MPH
Shared Decision Making blog, March 21, 2014 »
In Healthcare, What Makes Maine Different?
Los Angeles Times, March 19, 2014 »
The Unvarying Story of Healthcare Variations
MedPage Today, January 7, 2014 »
From Pariah to Pioneer
Dartmouth Medicine, October 29, 2013 »
Honoring John E. Wennberg
Dartmouth Hitchcock, November 6, 2013 »
Discovering the Epidemic of Overtreatment
Los Angeles Times, October 15, 2013 »
The Origins of The Dartmouth Atlas, Part 1, Vermont Beginnings
YouTube, August 21, 2012 »
The Origins of The Dartmouth Atlas, Part 2, The Move to Maine
August 21, 2012 »
The Origins of The Dartmouth Atlas, Part 3, Boston and New Haven
August 21, 2012 »