Read G. Pierce, M.D., is chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine, associate chair for faculty development and associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine.
Pierce is an experienced clinician, health care leader, coach and facilitator who enjoys fostering transformation of organizational culture and complex clinical systems. At Dell Med, he oversees a large portfolio of clinical, high-value care, experience, well-being, educational and scholarly activities aligned with the school’s mission and vision to create a vital, inclusive health ecosystem.
From 2019 to 2020, Pierce served as as vice president of culture transformation and strategy at the Institute for Healthcare Excellence and in this role worked with health systems around the country on clinical transformation, creating healthy workplace culture and increasing performance of physicians, clinical teams and health care leaders.
He also helped found the Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Efficiency based at the University of Colorado. From 2012 to 2020, he led organizational transformation initiatives at the University of Colorado through the IHQSE, including programs focused on quality, process-improvement methods, culture, teamwork, systems redesign, finance, innovation (design thinking) and leadership of change. As part of these efforts, he worked with more than 80 clinical microsystems on the Anschutz Medical Campus to improve quality, patient safety, experience, costs of care and turnover.
Prior to joining the team at Dell Med, Pierce served as a clinical leader in multiple institutions. In 2010, he founded the Hospital Medicine Section at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and served as section chief from 2010 to 2012. He subsequently spent two years leading the University of Colorado’s Hospital Medicine Division, coordinating a practice of more than 75 hospitalists. During his tenure, he oversaw expansion of the group by nearly two dozen members and led the group to achieve the highest quality and safety performance of all service lines in the hospital. He also directed a major initiative to increase joy in practice, which reduced physicians’ and advanced practice providers’ burnout by 27 percent and increased measures of psychological safety by 70 percent.
Pierce attended medical school at University of California, San Francisco, where he completed an area of concentration in health systems/health leadership and then did his internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston before returning to San Francisco for residency and chief residency in internal medicine. His personal interests include history, food, skiing, hiking and anything that allows quality time with his wife, Vanessa, and their two boys.