Dr. James N. Weinstein joined Microsoft in July 2018 as senior vice president, Microsoft Healthcare, leading strategy and innovation. He is the immediate past chief executive officer and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. The $2.2 billion system includes New Hampshire's only academic medical center and a network of affiliated hospitals and clinics across Vermont and New Hampshire, serving a patient population of about 2 million. Under Weinstein’s leadership, Dartmouth-Hitchcock worked to create a “sustainable health system” for the patients and communities it serves, for generations to come.
As leader of a bi-state health system, Weinstein created an operating model based on population health locally and nationally. The system went from one hospital to seven and the quality was in the top 1 percent of the country. Weinstein also opened a state-of-the-art Hospice Center. He worked with Congress to help lead the ACO population-based strategies and led the national efforts in Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROM’s) and Health Equity. In 2010, Epic adopted his PROM’s from the DHMC Spine Center model to implement for all patients. He built partnerships with a variety of providers throughout northern New England and across the United States to deliver optimum care at lowest cost to patients in the region. Immediately prior to becoming CEO in 2011, Weinstein served as president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic, leader of the physicians across the Dartmouth-Hitchcock system, and was director of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI), home of the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care. For decades, the Atlas has documented the ongoing variations in health care delivery across the United States. His dual positions as clinic president and TDI director allowed him to build critical linkages between the groundbreaking health services research of TDI and the clinical care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and nationally, with a focus on better understanding and meeting the population health needs of the region Dartmouth-Hitchcock serves and the nation.
During his time as director of TDI, Dr. Weinstein co-founded, with then Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim (now president of the World Bank), the Master of Health Care Delivery Science (MHCDS) program, a collaboration between TDI and the Tuck School of Business, and the first hybrid residential and distance learning degree program at Dartmouth. He was recently appointed as a clinical professor in the Kellogg Public and Private Interface initiative at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He teaches a new course, “CEO Playbook for Health System Success.”
Weinstein is former executive director and a founding member -- along with Mayo Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare, Cleveland Clinic and Geisinger Clinic, TDI and Denver Health -- of the national High Value Healthcare Collaborative, which includes 70 million patients and 70,000 physicians, a partnership of more than a dozen health systems, across all 50 states, that have taken on the challenge of improving the quality of care while lowering costs. The collaborative allowed for unprecedented data sharing, including electronic medical record data from each system, and the collection of patient-reported measures, which Weinstein initiated in 1982 and Congress has now adopted as part of meaningful use.
As a researcher and internationally renowned spine surgeon, Weinstein developed the classification system by which surgeons around the world treat cancers of the spine, as well as award-winning models for understanding pain mechanisms seen in millions of back pain patients. He has received more than $70 million in federal funding and has published more than 330 peer-reviewed articles. He is a leader in advancing "informed choice" to ensure patients receive evidence-based, safe, effective, efficient and appropriate care.
In 1999, Weinstein established the first-in-the-world Center for Shared Decision-Making at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, now used nationally and internationally. Patient Choice is now playing a strong role in our nation’s path to improving care and lowering cost. He also founded the multidisciplinary Spine Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, which has become an international model for patient-centered health care delivery and incorporates patient-reported outcomes in clinical practice, adding a new dimension to the process and clinical measurements traditionally used to judge the efficacy and value of care.
In 2015, Weinstein co-developed ImagineCare, a virtual healthcare system that incorporates 24/7 connectivity to manage chronic diseases outside the traditional brick and mortar hospital- based systems. ImagineCare implemented in Scandinavia this summer. Most recently, Weinstein is helping lead the formation of the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) which, with an $80 million grant from the Department of Defense and more than $300 million in private sector funding, will use 3D technology to print human organs, a development that could transform the world of organ transplantation and the lives of millions affected by diseases such as kidney disease and diabetes. He is a member of the Board of Directors of ARMI/BioFab.
Weinstein held the distinguished Peggy Y. Thomson Chair in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth before joining Microsoft. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and serves on the organization’s Board for Population Health and Public Health Practice. He served as chair of the NAM Committee on Community Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the U.S, which recently published the report “Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity.” He has recently been elected to several boards of trustees, including the internationally renowned Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, the Intermountain Health System and RESEARCH Advisory Board for the Kaiser Permanente health system.
Weinstein is an appointee to the Special Medical Advisory Group of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, which provides advice to the secretary of veterans affairs and the under secretary for health on matters relating to the care and treatment of veterans. He is frequently consulted by members of Congress and the administration, as well as government leaders on health policy and health reform.
In 2015, Weinstein received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. He is the 2017 recipient of the American Hospital Association’s Justin Ford Kimball Innovator’s Award. He has been named one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine and top 50 “Physician Leaders to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review.
Weinstein stepped down from the position of CEO and president in June of 2017 to focus more closely on national healthcare issues, particularly around innovations in health system design and care delivery. He was delighted to join Microsoft. Under Satya Nadella, he sees Microsoft and its trust in the market as critical to supporting health care for generations to come. His most recent book, the well-reviewed Unraveled: Prescriptions to Repair a Broken Health Care System, published in February 2016, serves as a roadmap for many of the changes needed in health care.