Associate Director, Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety & Efficiency
Interim Director, Hospital Medicine Group
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, University of Colorado, Denver
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF Medical Center

Read G. Pierce, MD, is currently serving as Interim Director of the Hospital Medicine Group (HMG) based at University of Colorado. Dr. Pierce has broad interests in coaching and education, health systems design, health care financing, policy, and physician leadership. He attended medical school at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), 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 UCSF for residency and chief residency in internal medicine. He has received advanced training from UCSF’ Teaching Scholars Program, UCSF’s Institute for Physician Leadership, Intermountain Healthcare’s Advanced Training Program for Executives and QI Leaders, and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. Following residency, Dr. Pierce founded the Hospital Medicine Section at 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 simultaneously directed an intensive, 2-year training program for UCSF residents seeking advanced skills in quality, safety, health policy, and leadership. In 2012, he moved to University of Colorado (CU), where he has created and led numerous leadership development and systems redesign programs serving medical students, residents, and faculty from Colorado and across the country. Prior to serving as HMG Interim Director, he oversaw quality improvement and clinical innovation for CU’s Hospital Medicine Group. He continues to lead a number of organizational transformation programs at CU in his role as Associate Director for the Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Efficiency.