Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D.
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Michigan
Chief Executive Officer, U-M Health System
Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, U-M Medical School
On May 11, 2009, Dr. Pescovitz became the University of Michigan’s first female Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Health System Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Pescovitz is responsible for the leadership and management of the Health System, which includes the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, the U-M Medical School, clinical services of the U-M School of Nursing and the Michigan Health Corp., the legal entity that allows the Health System to enter into partnerships, affiliations, joint ventures and other business activities.
As CEO of one of the nation’s leading research institutions and a network of hospitals that is one of a few in the country – and the only one in Michigan – to be listed on the U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll 16 consecutive years, Pescovitz is responsible for oversight of $3 billion in revenue and a Medical School with more than $445 million in NIH funding. She leads a number of major initiatives, including development of the 174-acre North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) and opening the new C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital in 2011.
Prior to taking the U-M post Dr. Pescovitz had an extensive career serving as executive associate dean for Research Affairs at Indiana University School of Medicine, president and CEO of Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis and interim vice president for Research Administration at Indiana University.
Pescovitz is a nationally recognized pediatric endocrinologist and researcher who has published 180 papers and books, and received numerous awards for her research and teaching. Most of her research has been on the physiologic and molecular mechanisms responsible for disorders of growth and puberty with a focus on development of novel therapies for these conditions. She has served as president of the Society for Pediatric Research, the nation’s largest pediatric research organization, president of the Lawson Wilkins (North American) Pediatric Endocrine Society, chair of the March of Dimes Grants Review Committee, and a member of the Ad-Hoc Group for Medical Research Funding, the board of the Hormone Foundation, the board of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI), and is currently on the board of the Children’s Miracle Network. In 2010, she served as chair of the United Way of Washtenaw County’s annual fundraising campaign.
Her awards include a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, Indiana University School of Medicine’s highest teaching award, the Science Medal of Distinction from the IUPUI School of Science, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, recognition by the Indianapolis Business Journal as one of the nation’s Top Doctors, a Power Player in Indianapolis and one of the Most Influential Women in Indiana, the iWOMAN Trailblazer Award, the Women and HiTech Award, the Health, Medicine & Life Sciences Torchbearer Award from the Indiana Commission for Women, the Spirit of the Prairie Award from the Connor Prairie Living History Museum, Indiana Senate and House of Representatives Concurrent Resolution No. 007 Recognizing Career and Community Contributions, the Indiana University President’s Medal for Sustained Excellence, a Sagamore of the Wabash traditional Indiana honor for excellence given by the Governor of Indiana and a Red Shoes Award from the Riley Hospital for Children. Since joining the Michigan family, she has been named one of Crain’s Detroit Business 2010 Newsmakers of the Year, as well as one of Modern Healthcare‘s 2009 Top 25 Women in Healthcare. Additionally, she was recognized as one of Crain’s 2009 “Women to Watch.”
She is married to the late Dr. Mark Pescovitz, an organ transplant surgeon and former vice-chair for research in the Department of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine. They have three children.