Read Pierce, M.D.

“Healthcare is experiencing one of the largest and most rapid changes we’ve witnessed in the past 50 years, which produces both opportunity and great stress on the people and the systems striving to provide healing to human beings.


How we invest in, develop, and support people–the largest asset we have in the healing professions–is the vital question in determining whether our future will be a better one.”


Read G. Pierce. M.D., is an experienced clinician, healthcare leader, coach, and facilitator who enjoys fostering transformation of organizational culture and complex clinical systems. He is Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at the Dell Medical School (DMS), and also serves as Associate Chair for Faculty Development and Wellbeing in the Department of Medicine at DMS. In these roles, he oversees a large portfolio of clinical, high-value care, experience, wellbeing, educational, and scholarly activities aligned with the DMS mission and vision to create a vital, inclusive health ecosystem.


From 2019 to 2020, Dr. Pierce served as Vice President of Culture Transformation and Strategy at The Institute for Healthcare Excellence (IHE), and in this role worked with health systems around the country on clinical transformation, cre4ating healthy workplace culture, and increasing performance of physicians, clinical teams, and healthcare leaders. He also helped found the Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Efficiency (IHQSE) based at University of Colorado, and from 2012 to 2019, he led organizational transformation initiatives at 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 Anscutz Medical Campus to improve quality, patient safety, experience, cost of care, and turnover.


Prior to joining the team at DMS, Dr. 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.


Dr. 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 2 boys.


You can follow Dr. Pierce on Twitter @PierceReadG.