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Dennis D. Pointer

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Clinical Professor, Health Services

Dennis D. Pointer & Associates,


PhD   University of Iowa, 1971   (Hospital and Health Administration)
BS   Iowa State University, 1967   (Organizational Psychology)

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401 NE 71st Street #406
Seattle, WA 98115

campus box:   357660
voice:   206-499-1289


Dennis Pointer recently retired from the Austin Ross - Virginia Mason Professorship in Health Administration. Prior to joining the UW faculty in 2002, he was John Hanlon Professor of Health Policy and Research, Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University (1991-2002); and Arthur Graham Glasgow Distinguished Professor, Department of Health Administration, Medical College of Virginia (1986-1991). From 1975 to 1986 he was affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles, and served as Associate Director, UCLA Medical Center; Professor and Chairman, Department of Health Administration, School of Public Health; and Senior Fellow, The RAND Corporation. In addition to his role at UW, Pointer is President, Dennis D. Pointer & Associates (a governance consultation firm) and Vice President and Partner, American Governance and Leadership Group, LLC (the American Hospital Association's leadership and governance development arm).

Factors affecting healthcare organization governing board performance; Market structure/dynamics and its impact on the competitive advantage of healthcare organizations; Factors that affect performance of the managerial role.

Pointer DD, Totten MK, Orlikoff JE. Trustee workbook 2. The balanced scorecard: a tool for maximizing board performance. Trustee. 2005 Apr;58(4):17-20.  PMID: 15881500

Pointer D, Stillman D. The essentials of good governance. Financial literacy, organizational skills and access to the right data are critical. Mod Healthc. 2004 Nov 15;34(46):24.  PMID: 15609732

Stack RT, Pointer DD. Beyond good. Improving governance means not settling for what's merely adequate. Mod Healthc. 2003 Aug 11;33(32):28.  PMID: 12931536

Pointer DD, Jennings JR. Building really great boards: the CEO's role. Healthc Exec. 2002 May-Jun;17(3):22-5.  PMID: 12014152

Dennis D. Pointer and James E. Orlikoff, Getting To Great: Principles of Health Care Organization Governance (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2002)