Executive Leadership of the University of Michigan Health System

T. Anthony Denton, J.D., M.H.A.
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, UMHS Hospitals, Health Centers, and Medical Group

Tony Denton

T. Anthony Denton joined the University of Michigan in 1981 as an administrative
fellow in Academic Health Center Administration. His career evolved, 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-1980s, serving as manager of Corporate Affairs and Member Services.
Tony transitioned to Hospital Administration in the early 1990s.

Tony was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in 2004 for the Hospitals and Health
Centers. From June 2014 through December 2015, Tony served as Acting Chief
Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the University of Michigan Hospitals
and Health Centers. Effective January 1, 2016, Tony is now Senior Vice-President and
Chief Operating Officer of the UM Hospitals, Health Centers and Medical Group.

Tony has served and continues as an active member on multiple senior leadership committees in the Health System. He was chairman of the board of the Michigan Visiting Nurse Corp. from 1997-2003.

Tony has been active on state and national boards, including a five-year term as Commissioner on the Board of the Joint Commission. Tony is currently a Trustee on the Michigan Health & Hospital Association Board of Trustees.

Tony has served on several community boards and councils, including the local Red Cross Board of Directors, and is presently a Co-Chair of the University of Michigan's United Way Campaign (2014-16). Tony has served as corporate chair for the area American Heart Association heart walks, and has been a county area chairman for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Tony is also an advocate for "The Education Project for Homeless Youth" and Food Gatherers. 

Tony obtained his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 1979. He obtained his master's degree in Health Services Administration from U of M Health in 1981, followed by a law degree from the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Law in 1987.