Meet Patricia M. Pierce, MD
I was the first member of my family to enter the medical field. I began medical school expecting to become a pathologist, working in a hospital lab. However, after my first obstetrics rotation, I knew I had found my specialty. I loved delivering babies, but I was even more drawn to helping families who were struggling with a high-risk pregnancy.
Ultrasound was not very sophisticated when I attended medical school, but it was finally possible to look at a fetus. Ultrasound technology has continued to improve over the years and I have had the opportunity to do extra ultrasound training since my residency. It has been exciting to be able to offer evaluation and, sometimes, even treatment for a fetus in addition to evaluation and care for the mother. More families can now hope to achieve a healthy, happy outcome.
My job is different every day, which is challenging and exciting. I see myself as an educator and counselor as well as a doctor. As a doctor, I try to provide compassionate, respectful management of all relevant medical problems. I strive to make a diagnosis and provide understandable reasons for the treatments I recommend. Medical terminology can be confusing, particularly if a family is in a stressful situation. I welcome questions from patients and their families during the visit.
I want you to feel confident that the advice I provide is based on years of training and experience as well updates in the literature. While I do not feel a doctor needs to have experienced the same medical problems as their patients in order to provide excellent care, I have actually experienced a wide range of obstetric complications myself. This gives me a very personal level of understanding as to the huge impact a high-risk pregnancy can have on a family.
I have worked in Las Vegas for approximately 25 years. I am happy to be working now at the High Risk Pregnancy Center with such a cohesive team of specialists. We combine our knowledge and expertise to help guide you to the best outcome for both you and your baby (or babies!). I consider myself very fortunate to be in such a rewarding profession.
Dr. Pierce has three teenage children (including twins) and two rescue dogs that take up much of her free time. She also enjoys traveling, gardening, watching sports, and crocheting. She is a passionate supporter of causes improving the education and health care of women in developing countries. She also supports Smile Train, an organization that provides free cleft lip and palate repair to children in developing countries.
Board-Certified: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Fellowships: Maternal-Fetal Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Medical Degree: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
BS: Chemistry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Member: American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Pierce, or for more information about the High Risk Pregnancy Center, call 702-382-3200. You can also schedule an appointment using our easy online form.