IU School of Medicine
Some people collect stamps, others baseball cards, still others old books. IUPUI's Ora Pescovitz has a collection, too, but one that's a bit different: she gathers job titles and challenges.
Pescovitz is - on any given day - a doctor, a teacher, a researcher and an administrator. And she handles each role with an infectious enthusiasm - and long-range vision - that makes her an obvious choice when decision-makers in the IU School of Medicine, at IUPUI and in the IU system need an innovative person to take charge of a program, a project, a division, or even one of the world's leading children's hospitals, Riley Hospital on the IUPUI campus.
She made her mark in the School of Medicine as both a researcher and one of the country's leading pediatric endocrinologists, which earned Pescovitz recognition as the Edwin Letzter Professor in the pediatrics department.
Pescovitz has long been a strong advocate of research at IUPUI, not only for her own work but eventually as the executive associate dean for research affairs, overseeing all research in the medical school, including the $155 million genomics initiative. When new IU President Michael McRobbie wanted to strengthen university-wide research efforts, he knew whom to pick as the interim vice president for research administration: Ora Pescovitz.
Her administrative skills aren't limited to expanding the research horizons at IUPUI and within the IU system, however. She has been the CEO and president of Riley Hospital for Children since 2004, and is overseeing a major construction project to expand the research and care capabilities of the renowned health-care facility. This year, Riley was recognized as one of the top dozen children's hospitals in America.
When she isn't buried in work from one (or more) of her jobs, Pescovitz and her husband, Mark, a transplant surgeon in the School of Medicine, are strong supporters of the arts in Indianapolis, a natural fit for a woman who - before she chose to pursue a career in medicine - considered a musical career as a concert pianist.