William A. Peck, M.D.

Retired Dean of the Washington University School of Medicine and the University’s Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs
St. Louis, Missouri
Advisor since 2000

As a charter member of the firm’s Scientific Advisory Board, I have been impressed by RiverVest’s outstanding leadership and investment acumen. Though a small organization, it has been very effective in fostering the development of drugs and devices that benefit a large number of patients, while providing attractive returns to investors.

Internationally recognized for his leadership in medical education and research, Dr. William A. Peck concluded 14 years of service at Washington University in St. Louis in 2003 as executive vice chancellor for medical affairs, dean of the School of Medicine, and president of the medical center. During that period, the School of Medicine expanded its outstanding faculty, pursuing crucial basic and clinical research, patient care and education. Following the deanship, he became the Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, directing the University’s Center for Health Policy. Dr. Peck also served as chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges and of its Council of Deans, frequently speaking out on scientific and health policy issues.

The author of more than 100 publications, Dr. Peck is known for his research on bone and mineral metabolism and his studies on the cause of osteoporosis. He was founding president of the National Osteoporosis Foundation and served as president of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. Among Dr. Peck’s many honors is an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Rochester, election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Diabetes Research Foundation and the St. Louis Business Journal, Rotary International Harris Fellow Award, the Legacy Award of the National Children’s Cancer Society, and the Second Century Award of Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Peck served on the boards of TIAA-CREF Trust Company, Allied Health Care Products, and the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association, as well as Centene Corporation’s Health Policy Advisory Council (Founding Chair) and Anvita Health’s Advisory Council (Founding Chair). He also served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Redesigning Health Insurance Performance Measures, Payment, and Performance Improvement Programs, the board of Research!America (Vice-Chair), the scientific advisory committee of Johnson & Johnson, and the board of Innovate St. Louis (Founding Chair).

Dr. Peck graduated from Harvard College, then earned an M.D. from the University of Rochester. In 1976 he was recruited to Washington University as the John E. and Adaline Simon Professor of Medicine.

  • Personal Interests: music, literature and attending the theatre with wife, Patricia

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