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

John E. Wennberg, M.D., MPH



(603) 653-0876


Dr. Wennberg is a graduate of Stanford University and the McGill University Faculty of Medicine. His post-graduate training was in internal medicine and nephrology at Johns Hopkins University, but he became interested in the application of epidemiological principles to the health care system while pursuing his Master's degree in Public Health at Johns Hopkins.

Primary Contact

Martha M. Smith
(603) 653-0876

Curriculum Vitae

John E. Wennberg CV


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.

Professional Achievements:

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.

Published Research

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 »

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