Executive Leadership of the University of Michigan Health System

T. Anthony Denton, J.D., M.H.A.
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Clinical Enterprise

Tony Denton

T. Anthony Denton is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Clinical Enterprise.

Hailing from Chicago and Northwestern University, Tony arrived in Ann Arbor in 1979 to pursue his Master's in Health Services Administration from the School of Public Health.

Tony started his career at the Health System approximately 31 years ago, starting out as an Administrative Fellow in Academic Health Center Administration in 1981. His career took off from there, including Human Resources with an emphasis on labor relations, compensation and workforce planning strategies. Tony participated on the start-up team for MCare HMO during the mid-80s, serving as Manager of Corporate Affairs and Member Services. During this time between Human Resources and MCare, he obtained a law degree from the University Of Detroit School Of Law. Tony transitioned to Hospital Administration in the early 90's.

Tony's time in administration includes a progressive set of experiences in leadership, operations and financial management, strategic planning, program development, facility planning and construction, governance, process improvement, environmental stewardship, service excellence and community service to benefit all missions in service, education and research. He has served as an Associate Administrator, Assistant Director of Operations, Associate Director of Operations, and Associate Director for Clinical Services & Administrator of University Hospital. Tony served as Chair of the Michigan Visiting Nurse Corporation Board from 1997-2003.

Tony currently serves as a member of Senior Operations Officer Council, University Health System Consortium and Griffith Leadership Center Advisory Board, UM School of Public Health, as well as Board Commissioner for The Joint Commission.

Tony mentors health administration students and is a lead Preceptor for the Health System's Administrative Fellowship in Academic Health Center Administration. He has also mentored students enrolled in the Summer Enrichment Program, UM School of Public Health; acted as preceptor, Summer Intern Program, UM School of Public Health and is a frequent speaker to University and Health System on a variety of leadership topics.

Tony views community service as a passion and important component of leadership. He serves on several boards and councils, including the Red Cross Advisory Council and the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Over the past several years, Tony has served on the Red Cross Board of Directors. Also, he has helped to raise awareness and funds to combat cardiovascular disease and stroke, serving as prior Corporate Chair for the area American Heart Association heart walks in addition to being a County area Chairman for walks involving education, awareness and research funding for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Tony also has been an Ann Arbor youth basketball coach on three separate occasions over three decades.

Tony has co-authored two articles: The Successful Development of a Subacute Care Service Associated with a Large Academic Health System and Shelf-price agreements: The next frontier in competitive bidding for coronary intervention supplies.

Values: Patients and Families First.....Relate, Inspire, Delight, Engage to achieve Ideal Experiences