“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 practicing internist and an experienced healthcare leader, coach, and facilitator who enjoys working at the intersection of organizational culture and complex clinical systems. In addition to seeing patients at the University of Colorado, he concurrently serves as Vice President of Culture Transformation and Strategy at the Institute for Healthcare Excellence (IHE), and in this role works with health systems around the country on clinical transformation, creating healthy workplace culture, and increasing performance of physicians, clinical teams, and healthcare leaders.
He helped found the Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Efficiency (IHQSE) based at University of Colorado, and from 2012 to 2019 helped lead organizational transformation initiatives at University of Colorado through the IHQSE, including programs focused on quality, culture, teamwork, systems redesign, finance, clinical innovation, 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.
He also has served as a clinical leader in multiple institutions. In 2010, 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 subsequently spent two and a half 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.