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 a skilled coach, teacher, and facilitator, and an experienced leader who fosters engagement, creativity, joy, and leadership capacities in others. His work with The Institute for Healthcare Excellence (IHE) allows him to focus on facilitating cultural transformation and infusing joy, purpose, and excellence into care delivery systems.

He co-leads the Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Efficiency (IHQSE) based at University of Colorado, and concurrently serves as faculty in numerous national programs, including the National Taskforce for Humanity in Healthcare and the Care Collaboratory.

He leads organizational transformation initiatives through the IHQSE, including programs focused on quality, process improvement methods, culture, teamwork, systems redesign, finance, innovation (design-thinking), and leadership of change.

Dr. Pierce has served as a clinical leader in multiple institutions. He founded the Hospital Medicine Section at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, where he led rapid expansion of the group to include more than a dozen hospitalists covering surgical co-management, medical consultation, and inpatient medicine teaching services.

He 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. He is a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine and the Intermountain Healthcare Advanced Training Program Alumni.

He has presented on multiple topics related to quality improvement, leadership skills, resilience and well-being for providers and caregivers, empathy and healthcare communication.

His personal interests include history, food, skiing, hiking, and anything that fosters quality time with his wife, Vanessa, and their 2 boys.

You can follow Dr. Pierce on Twitter @PierceReadG.