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 17 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.
Pescovitz is a nationally recognized pediatric endocrinologist and researcher who was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2011. Most of her work 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 published 180 papers and books, and received numerous awards for her research, teaching and leadership.
Notable Awards & Recognition
Dr. Pescovitz has received the Endocrine Society’s prestigious Robert H. Williams Distinguished Leadership Award, 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 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. She has been named one of Crain’s Detroit Business Newsmakers of the Year, as well as one of Modern Healthcare‘s Top 25 Women in Healthcare and one of Crain’s “Women to Watch.”
Service & Leadership
Dr. Pescovitz 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, and the board of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI). In 2010, she served as chair of the United Way of Washtenaw County’s annual fundraising campaign. She is currently on the board of the Children’s Miracle Network and the board of the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC).
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.
She was 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.