Office of the President

Wilson Hall, Room 204
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester , MI 48309-4486
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Ora Hirsch Pescovitz

The President

Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., has more than 30 years of experience leading change in academic health centers and universities, delivering innovations in bench-to-bedside discovery, and facilitating collaborations between academic and community partners. Dr. Pescovitz is a renowned pediatric endocrinologist and researcher who has published more than 190 papers and books. She is a sought-after speaker on a range of topics, including healthcare, leadership, diversity and women’s issues. Elected to the National Academy of Medicine, she contributes to positive transformation in American education.

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Expertise

Leadership

  • Strategic planning
  • Collaborations across hospital systems
  • Board governance
  • Physician relations and joint ventures
  • Leadership team development
  • Innovative approaches to problem solving
  • Commitment to diversity 

Operational

  • Focus on quality, safety and access
  • Strong operational performance
  • Process improvement
  • Metric driven tactics
  • LEAN implementation
  • Evidence-based delivery
Experience
  • Senior Vice President and U.S. Medical Leader, Eli Lilly and Company (2014-2017)
  • Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Michigan, and Chief Executive Officer, University of Michigan Health System (2009-2014)
  • President and CEO, Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, Indiana (2004-2009)
  • Executive Associate Dean for Research Affairs, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana (2000-2009)
  • Interim Vice President for Research Administration, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana (2007-2009)
  • Edwin Letzer Professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University (1998-2009)
  • Director, Section of Pediatric Endocrinology/Diabetology, Department of Pediatrics, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana (1990-2004)
Education
  • Doctor of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Evanston, Illinois (1976-1979)
  • Bachelor of Medical Science, Honors Program in Medical Education, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (1974-1978)
  • Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel (1973-1974)
Training
  • Medical Staff Fellow, Endocrinology, Developmental Endocrinology Branch, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health (1982-1985)
  • Pediatrics Residency, Children’s Hospital National Medical Center, Washington, D.C. (1981-1982)
  • Pediatrics Residency, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1979-1981)
Research
Focus

The physiologic and molecular mechanisms responsible for disorders of growth and puberty, and the development of novel therapies for these conditions.

Community
Service

Dr. Pescovitz currently serves on:

  • Detroit Economic Club, Board of Directors
  • Medical Main Street in Oakland County, Michigan, Board of Directors
  • Horizon League, Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors for the
  • Michigan Association of State Universities, Board of Directors
  • Member of the Horizon League Investment Committee
  • American Heart Association, Heart Walk Executive Cabinet
  • New Presidents’ Academy Advisory Committee of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Her past involvement includes:

  • Chair, Indiana University Center for Global Health/ AMPATH-Kenya Development Board
  • Board member, Indianapolis Opera
  • Board member, Indiana University Borns Jewish Studies program
  • Strategic cabinet, University of Florida Health System
  • Member, Anthem-Lilly Joint Research Governance Council
  • Member, Advancement Council of the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health
  • Annual fundraising campaign chair, United Way of Washtenaw County, Michigan 
  • Executive committee member, United Way of Central Indiana
  • Co-chair, Health Planning Committee for Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett’s Transition Team
  • Board member, Indiana University Borns Jewish Studies program
Awards and
Recognition

With extensive engagement in academic, medical and business communities for nearly four decades, President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., has made substantial and meaningful contributions to the fields of education, healthcare, leadership, diversity and women’s issues. Her accomplishments include hundreds of academic publications and presentations, as well as the awarding of a U.S. patent. She has completed this work while fulfilling academic and leadership appointments at nine universities and health care institutions; membership in seven professional societies; service on scores of boards and committees; and involvement in dozens of community service activities. The following is a select list from more than 60 professional honors and awards President Pescovitz has received throughout her distinguished career.

  • Becker’s Healthcare Leadership Award (2014)
  • One of Twenty Hospital and Health System Leaders to Follow on Twitter, Becker’s Hospital Review (2013)
  • Mentor Recognition Program awardee, American Medical Association, Women Physicians Section
  • Northwestern University Alumni Merit Award (2012)
  • Election to the National Academy of Medicine (2011)
  • Robert H. Williams Distinguished Leadership Award, The Endocrine Society (2011)
  • Crain’s Detroit Business Newsmakers of the Year (2010)
  • Top 25 Women in Healthcare from Modern Healthcare (2009)
  • Sagamore of the Wabash Award for Excellence from Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (2009)
  • President’s Medal, Indiana University (2009)
  • “Influential Women in Indianapolis,” Indianapolis Business Journal (2007)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine (2004)
  • Teaching Excellence Recognition Award, Indiana University (1999)
  • “Forty Under Forty,” Indiana Business Journal
  • Research Career Development Award from the NIH (1991-1996)
  • Outstanding Faculty Educator Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (1985 and 1986)