Born and raised in New York City, Pierce has since spent the majority of his life away from the world’s capital, instead exploring its farthest corners. He chose the Navy as a vehicle for creating positive impact abroad, earning a coveted spot in the Navy Special Operations community of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD).
During a deployment supporting an Army Special Forces detachment, a helicopter crash nearly killed some of his closest teammates and brothers in arms. Several critically wounded soldiers and sailors were evacuated to the closest hospital where Pierce witnessed firsthand doctors and nurses in action as they coolly triaged a chaotic mass casualty event and stabilized each injured operator. For Pierce, this one moment changed the trajectory his life forever.
Pierce’s nine years of military service overseas have opened his eyes, mind, and heart to more life than he ever expected to live. They also revealed to him how disease and despair plague poorer nations asymmetrically. With these experiences in mind, Pierce began his medical education journey. He is honored to continue this journey at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for the next four years. Pierce seeks to contribute to Global Surgery initiatives that strive to solve challenging international health issues and correct global health inequities. He is excited to be an accelerant towards that end.