Service to his Country


With summers off between his second year of medical school, and beginning his Ph.D. program, he proudly entered military service by enlisting in the U.S. Marines. He spent the summer of 1979 in marine Corps boot camp as an enlisted Marine. He would serve the next six years as an enlisted marine reservist, and he would again serve in the United States Naval Reserve as a doctor during his medical training.

The Love of his Life

During his Ph.D. training, Bud met the love of his life, Selma. They were married, their daughter, Kristina, was born, and they remain happily married to this day. Bud graduated from UCLA in 1985 with a Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology; his research area was in the viral causes of cancer. Bud resumed medical school at UCLA and received his M.D. degree in 1987. He was honored with admission to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, awarded to the top 10 percent of medical students.

 Selma and Bud Pierce

Selma and Bud Pierce

New Roots in Oregon

Bud declined an offer to remain at UCLA as an assistant professor of medicine. Selma and Bud moved to Salem, Oregon, and he began his career in private practice oncology. He immediately became a clinical assistant professor at OHSU. Over the past 20 years, he has volunteered at OHSU, teaching clinical medicine and helping to review research protocols.