Staff Spotlight – Liuska Pesce, MD

Dr. Pesce is Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes.

I work in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes. I take care of children, adolescents and young adults with hormone problems, with special interest in thyroid problems and pituitary problems. I have built a multidisciplinary collaboration to take care of children with thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer and Graves disease and I am also the pediatric endocrinologist in the Pediatric Brain tumor clinic. I enjoy teaching and I completed a Teaching Scholars Program at the University of Iowa. I am also a member of the Endocrine Society Pediatric endocrinology self-assessment program and I served in the Clinical Affairs committee and Clinical Thyroidology for the Public in the American Thyroid Association. Most recently I was named the co-chair for the Endocrine Society Pediatric endocrinology self-assessment program (2020) and will chair the committee starting in 2021. I am currently serving at the American Thyroid Association Patient Affairs and Education committee. I have been working at UI healthcare for 11 years.

I take adult ballet lessons twice a week (when not on call) and try to practice yoga at home. I enjoy writing poetry in Spanish and took one semester of poetry in Spanish at the University of Iowa. I loved cooking, specially Italian food and pastries, but enjoy trying new things all the time and collect cook books. I also love reading.

Most fascinating place I’ve ever visited? Florence. A living, walking museum full of history and art.

Favorite book or movie? Favorite movie: “With Honors” Favorite book: “The Count of Montecristo” by Alexandre Dumas

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