Dr. Pierce is a board-certified medical microbiologist and specialist in pediatric infectious diseases.  She serves as an Associate Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at MGH, an attending physician on the Pediatric Infectious Disease inpatient consultation service at MGHfC, and an Assistant Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School.




Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Infectious disease - Pediatric
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Antibiotic Resistant Infections
  • Multi-drug resistant infections
  • Medical education
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
Board Certifications
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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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.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

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.


Pathology Associates
55 Fruit Street
Gray Jackson Building 529B
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