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Pediatric Hospital Medicine


San Diego County

3020 Children's Way
MC 5064
San Diego, CA 92123


Pediatric Hospital Medicine


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

Virginia Commonwealth University Medical School


Tufts University School of Medicine at Boston


Tufts University School of Medicine GME


Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego

Board Certifications

Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Pediatrics




Dr. Heather Pierce is a pediatric hospitalist at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and a clinical professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego. She serves as the medical director for graduate medical education at Rady Children's, which provides educational opportunities for over 900 postgraduate trainees each year.

She received her undergraduate degree and medical training in a combined degree program at Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed her general pediatric residency and chief residency at the Floating Hospital for Children/Tufts University in Boston and completed a fellowship in pediatric hospital medicine at Rady Children's Hospital/UC San Diego.

Dr. Pierce is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society of Hospital Medicine and the Academic Pediatric Association.

Dr. Pierce is currently the director of the Innovative Quality Improvement Research in Residency Program which provides structured quality improvement education to all pediatric trainees and mentors trainees in quality improvement projects throughout the hospital.

Her academic interests include quality improvement and patient safety education, family-centered care and rounding, and clinical pathway development and review. She has clinical research interests in bronchiolitis, asthma and Henoch Shonlein purpura. When not working she enjoys chasing her young twin boys.


Assessing Parental Discharge Readiness by Using the Ticket to Home Survey Tool.
Dworsky ZD, Rhee KE, Patel AR, McMahon MK, Pierce HC, Stucky Fisher E

Imperative Instruction for Pressurized Metered-Dose Inhalers: Provider Perspectives.
Schmitz DC, Ivancie RA, Rhee KE, Pierce HC, Cantu AO, Fisher ES

Variability of intensive care management for children with bronchiolitis.
Pierce HC, Mansbach JM, Fisher ES, Macias CG, Pate BM, Piedra PA, Sullivan AF, Espinola JA, Camargo CA Jr

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