On May 11, 2009, Ora H. Pescovitz became the University of Michigan’s first female EVPMA and Health System CEO. In this role, she is responsible for oversight of $3.2 billion in revenue and $490 million in research funding.
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 184 papers and books, and received numerous awards for her research, teaching and leadership, including:
- 25 Women Who are Making a Difference, Michigan Women’s Foundation (2012)
- Northwestern Alumni Association Merit Award (2012)
- Distinguished Leadership Award, Michigan Business and Professional Association (2012)
- Election to the Institute of Medicine (2011)
- Recipient of the 2011 Robert H. Williams Distinguished Leadership Award, The Endocrine Society (2011)
- Crain’s Detroit Business 2010 Newsmaker’s of the Year (2010)
- Selected as one of 50 Hospital & Healthcare Women Leaders, Becker’s Hospital Review (2010)
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 as a member of the boards of the Hormone Foundation, the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In 2010, she served as chair of the United Way of Washtenaw County‘s annual fundraising campaign. She is currently on the boards of the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC), Ann Arbor Spark and Life Technologies.
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.
Dr. Pescovitz received her medical degree from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
. 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. They have three children.