Office of the President

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

Ora Hirsch Pescovitz Bio

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


  • Focus on quality, safety and access
  • Strong operational performance
  • Process improvement
  • Metric driven tactics
  • LEAN implementation
  • Evidence-based delivery
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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


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