CEO Dr. Ora Pescovitz: First Female Leader of University of Michigan Health System

Ora H. Pescovitz, MD, became the first female CEO of Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan Health System and executive vice president for medical affairs in May 2009.

In this role, Dr. Pescovitz is responsible for the leadership and management of the health system, which includes U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, U-M Medical School, clinical services of the U-M School of Nursing and Michigan Health Corp. — the legal entity that allows the health system to enter into partnerships, affiliations, joint ventures and other business activities.

Dr. Pescovitz is responsible for the oversight of the health system's $3 billion in revenue and the medical school's $445 million in National Institutes of Health funding. She has led a number of major initiatives, including the development of the 174-acre North Campus Research Complex and the opening of C.S Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital.

Prior to serving as CEO of U-M Health System, Dr. Pescovitz served as an executive associate dean for research affairs at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, as president and CEO of Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis and as interim vice president for research administration at Indiana University in Bloomington.

In addition to leading the U-M Health System, Dr. Pescovitz is a nationally recognized pediatric endocrinologist and researcher. She 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. Dr. Pescovitz has published 180 papers and books and received numerous awards for her research, teaching and leadership. Some of those awards include: the Northwestern Alumni Association Merit Award in 2012; the 2011 Robert H. Williams Distinguished Leadership Award from The Endocrine Society; a Distinguished Leadership Award from the Michigan Business and Professional Association in 2012; and a Crain's Detroit Business 2012 Newsmakers of the Year Award.

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