Ora Pescovitz, M.D., the executive associate dean for research at the Indiana University School of Medicine, has been named president and chief operating officer at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.
For Pescovitz, a pediatric endocrinologist, it will be her first stint at hospital administration, though her academic leadership roles date back to 1990 when she was named director of pediatric endocrinology and diabetology at Indiana University. She has been executive associate dean since 2000 and will continue in that capacity.
Pescovitz said the joint appointment "is really a dream job. I'm passionate about the missions of both of these institutions." She said the hospital is recruiting for a chief operating officer "who will fill the gaps that I may have."
IU and Riley share a commitment to education, research and clinical care, she said, but having a leadership position at both institutions will help ensure their missions are better aligned.
Riley, at 251 beds, is a part of 1,319-bed Clarian Health Partners, a hospital consolidation that also includes Indiana University Hospital and Methodist Hospital, also in Indianapolis.
Pescovitz received her medical degree from Northwestern University in 1979, served her pediatric residency at the University of Minnesota in 1980 and completed her residency at Children's Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., in 1982. She completed a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at the National Institutes of Health. She served three years on the faculty of the University of Minnesota before coming to IU in 1988.