About Virginia Pierce, MD

Dr. Virginia Pierce received her MD degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 2005.  She then completed residency training and a chief residency in pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital, followed by fellowships in pediatric infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and medical microbiology at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Pierce joined the Massachusetts General Hospital Pathology faculty in 2014, and serves as Associate Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Clinical Microbiology Laboratories. She also serves as an attending physician on the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Infectious Disease service, as the Associate Director of the Medical Microbiology Fellowship Program, and as an Associate Editor of the Case Records of the Massachusetts General Hospital for the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Pathology Associates
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-3612
Fax: 617-726-5957

Pediatric Infectious Disease
275 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114-3108
Phone: 617-643-0722
Fax: 617-643-8343

Medical Education

  • MD, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • Residency, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases, American Board of Pediatrics
  • Medical Microbiology, American Board of Pathology

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Research Interests of Virginia M. Pierce, MD

  • Development, evaluation, and application of antimicrobial susceptibility testing methods in the clinical microbiology laboratory
  • Development, evaluation, and application of new testing strategies in clinical microbiology
  • Improvement of existing diagnostic approaches and algorithms in clinical microbiology

Clinical Research Affiliations


  • View my most recent publications at PubMed

    Selected Publications

    • Shenoy ES*, Pierce VM*, Walters MS, et al.  Transmission of mobile colistin resistance (mcr-1) by duodenoscope.  Clin Infect Dis 2018; Sep 11. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy683.*contributed equally to this work
    • Tamma PD, Pierce VM, Cosgrove SE, et al.  Can the ceftriaxone breakpoint be increased without compromising patient outcomes?  Open Forum Infect Dis. 2018 Jun 8;5(6):ofy139. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofy139.
    • Pierce VM, Simner PJ, Lonsway DR, et al.  Modified carbapenem inactivation method for phenotypic detection of carbapenemase production among Enterobacteriaceae.  J Clin Microbiol 2017; 55: 2321-33.