United Way of Washtenaw County names Lori Pierce, M.D., 2019 Woman of the Year

January 4, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Accolades and Milestones

Lori Pierce, M.D., vice provost for academic and faculty affairs, has been selected by the United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) Women United group as the 2019 Woman of the Year. Pierce will be honored at the UWWC’s Power of the Purse event on March 14 at the Kensington Hotel.

“Dr. Pierce exemplifies what the Power of the Purse initiative is about: women taking action to address community issues,” said Pam Smith, president of the United Way of Washtenaw County, and member of the Power of the Purse committee. “We are thrilled to honor her achievements and leadership at our event.”

Pierce was chosen by the Power of the Purse committee for her exemplary leadership role in the community and her accomplishments in radiation oncology and women’s health issues.

“I am so humbled to have been chosen to receive this honor. It has been a privilege for me to care for women with breast cancer and I have based many of my research goals on the needs and concerns expressed by my patients. It is an honor to work side by side with these women and their families to try to improve their lives and the lives of others diagnosed with cancer,” Pierce said.

Pierce is a professor of radiation oncology at the U-M Medical School. She was previously a senior investigator at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health and in 1992, joined the faculty at U-M where she has focused her career primarily on the treatment of breast cancer. She has also served in multiple administrative positions including residency director and clinical director in the Department of Radiation Oncology.

In August 2005, Pierce was appointed by the board of regents to be vice provost for academic and faculty affairs of the university, a position she still serves.

Pierce has published more than 160 manuscripts and book chapters and has received numerous teaching awards. Locally, she has been an active volunteer/supporter of Food Gatherers, served as a United Way Campaign co-chair with her husband, Tony Denton, and is a member of the UWWC Tocqueville Society.