Sarah N. Pletcher, MD, MHCDS

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Assistant Professor of Medicine
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Dr. Sarah Pletcher came to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in 2005 for surgery residency. Before departing in April 2017, she served as Vice President of Connected Care and Executive Medical Director of Telehealth, with joint academic appointment in the Departments of Surgery and Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.  In this role, she was responsible for leading the health system in the selection and implementation of new strategies that utilize technology platforms to advance clinical products and services that enable the large-scale transformation of health care. In founding this center, Dr. Pletcher has successfully launched clinical telemedicine programs across multiple specialties, and in multiple settings—advancing high value care by supporting providers and patients, virtually anywhere. Dr. Pletcher advises health systems, policy makers, payers, and investors about disruptive technologies and new health-care business models that can provide high value care. She is a national thought leader and invited speaker in areas of telemedicine, mhealth, innovation, clinical quality improvement, provider education, and rural health.  Dr. Pletcher had an eclectic career path prior to medical school, including work in industry, retail, hospitality, and in nearly every area of health-care operations. She had an early interest in studying health-care systems (spending seven years across rural Michigan and four years with the National Health Service in London, England) and creating networks and collaboratives. As a medical student, she consulted on curricular design, cultural competency, social and community resource networking, and population health interventions for several projects funded by Medicaid; HRSA; NIH; and other state, community, and federal agencies. Building new programs is still a passion, and in recent years she has been the principal investigator on $20 million in grant and foundational funding to advance rural networks, telehealth, and other innovation initiatives.  In her personal life, she is a binge consumer of any variety of book; enjoys mid-century jazz; plays semi-professional tennis; and loves exploring the woods, rivers, and lakes of New England with her two children.