William A. Peck, M.D.

Director, Center for Health Policy
Washington University

Born on September 28, 1933, in New Britain, Connecticut, attended Harvard College (1951-1955), graduating with honors in Biochemical Sciences and earning a John Harvard Scholarship.  Graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine (M.D. 1960, Dsc, Honorary, 2000) (elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and received the Doran J. Stephens and C.V. Mosby Awards), completed two years of residency (Internal Medicine) and one year of fellowship (Metabolism) at Barnes Hospital (1960-1963) and served for 2 years as a clinical associate at the National Institutes of Health (Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases), Diplomate, the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Internal Medicine. Returned to the University of Rochester (Strong Memorial Hospital) as Chief Medical Resident, and subsequently held appointments as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, and Head of the Division of Endocrinology.

In 1976, appointed the John E. and Adaline Simon Professor of Medicine and co-chairman of the Department of Medicine at Washington University, and Physician-in-Chief at the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis. 

From 1989 to 2003, served as Dean of Washington University School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs (Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs from 1993), and President of the Washington University Medical Center. In 2003, Dr. Peck was named Director, Center for Health Policy and Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Washington University. In 2005 he was appointed Senior Professor of Engineering at Washington University.

Academic activities include original investigations in bone and mineral metabolism (100 scientific publications), extensive clinical teaching and patient care experience. 

Major scientific contributions include the first method for studying directly the structure, function and growth of bone cells, demonstration of mechanisms whereby hormones regulate bone cell function, and examination of causes of osteoporosis. 

Served as founding president of the National Osteoporosis Foundation; on the editorial boards of multiple journals; on numerous National and International medical and scientific panels; and on advisory boards of major pharmaceutical companies. Numerous lectureships and society memberships, including the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (elected President, 1984), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (awarded Fellowship, 1992) and Institute of Medicine (NAS).

Honors include an NIH Career Program Award; Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners; Lederle Medical Faculty Award; Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine; NIH Research Career Program Award; Who's Who in America; Clinical Teacher of the Year Award, Washington University; Commissioner's Special Citation, Food and Drug Administration; Fellows Award, The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis; Award of Merit, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Humanitarian Award, Arthritis Foundation of Eastern Missouri; Founders Award, National Osteoporosis Foundation; Humanitarian Award, Crohn’s and Colitis Association; Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International; Huntington Disease Society of America Award, St. Louis Chapter; Lifetime Achievement Award, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; International Brotherhood Award, Bikur Cholim Hospital, Jerusalem; Dean’s Award, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Washington University; National Children’s Cancer Society Legacy Award; Distinguished Service Award, Washington University Medical Center Alumni Association; Second Century Award, Washington University; Lifetime Achievement Award in Health Care, St. Louis Business Journal; Charles Force Hutshison and Marjorie Smith Hutchison Medal, University of Rochester; Influential Leader in the St. Louis Area, St. Louis Business Journal.

Appeared as a scientific spokesperson on national and local media (including McNeil Lehrer Report, Good Morning America and CBS Morning News), chaired many National and International conferences and symposia. 
Now serves on the Boards of TIAA-CREF Trust Company, Research!America (Vice-Chair), Centene Corporation’s Health Policy Advisory Council (Chair), Allied Health Care Products, University of Rochester, St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association, Innovate St. Louis (Founding Chair), Center for Emerging Technologies and Nidus Center. Previously served as Director of Angelica Corporation, Hologic Corporation and Reinsurance Group of America. Also serves on the Centene Health Policy Advisory Council (Founding Chair), RiverVest Venture Fund Advisory Board and SafeMed Advisory Council (Founding Chair). Served as Chairman of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and, subsequently, Chairman of the AAMC. As a member of the Institute of Medicine, he served on the Institute’s Committee on Redesigning Health Insurance Benefits, Payment and Performance Improvement Program. Hobbies include piano, reading and travel.