Elizabeth N. Pearce, MD, MSc
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition & Weight Management

MD, Harvard Medical School
MS, Boston University School of Public Health
BA, Harvard College

Dr. Pearce is a renowned clinical investigator, endocrinologist and epidemiologist who has made significant contributions in iodine nutrition, thyroid disease in pregnancy, environmental thyroid disrupters and the association of thyroid function with cardiovascular risk. Her internationally cited publications have changed recommendations in the US for iodine supplementation and iodine use in pregnancy. A past President of the American Thyroid Association (ATA), Dr. Pearce is the recipient of the prestigious Van Meter Award and she recently co-chaired the ATA’s Thyroid in Pregnancy Guidelines Task Force. She has been part of the leadership of the Iodine Global Network, a nongovernmental agency devoted to the elimination of iodine deficiency disorders, since 2007.

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

Combining the datasets of four clinical studies on thyroid endpoints following perchlorate exposure
08/16/2016 - 07/31/2017 (PI)
SQM North America Corporation

Cardiovascular Consequences of Thyroid Dysfunction
09/30/2003 - 06/30/2008 (PI)
NIH/National Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases
5 K23 DK64611 05

Rapid Test Kit for Measurement of Urinary Iodine
12/14/2020 - 12/31/2021 (PI)
Lynntech, Inc. National Institutes

Perchiorate and Thyroid Hormones In Pregnancy and Infants in Southern California
06/01/2013 - 05/31/2016 (PI)
Univ of Cailfornia, Berkeley NIH-NIEHS


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  1. Guo W, Yang Y, Jiang W, Cheng Y, Wu W, Pan Z, Zhang D, Li S, Ren Z, Zhang N, Zhang K, Pearce EN, Chen W, Zhang W. An Iodine Balance Study in Chinese School-age Children. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2023 Sep 18; 108(10):e949-e955. PMID: 37146180
  2. Chiung-Hui Peng C, Han C, Waisayanand N, De Leo S, Srimatkandada P, Kommareddy S, Pearce EN, He X, Lee SY. Changes in Urinary Iodine Levels Following Bariatric Surgery. Endocr Pract. 2023 Sep; 29(9):710-715. PMID: 37385530
  3. Shan Z, Li Y, Li Y, Wang H, Teng D, Teng X, Chong W, Shi X, Li J, Guo J, Lou Z, Fan C, Ding S, He L, Liu H, Pearce EN, Teng W. Changing Iodine Status and the Incidence of Thyroid Disease in Mainland China: A Prospective 20-Year Follow-Up Study. Thyroid. 2023 Jul; 33(7):858-866. PMID: 37082958
  4. Peng CC, Lee SY, Pearce EN. Isolated Maternal Hypothyroxinemia: Adverse Maternofetal Outcomes but Uncertainty About Treatment Remains. Thyroid. 2023 May; 33(5):535-537. PMID: 36987374; PMCID: PMC10325797; DOI: 10.1089/thy.2023.0152;
  5. Lee SY, Modzelewski KL, Law AC, Walkey AJ, Pearce EN, Bosch NA. Comparison of Propylthiouracil vs Methimazole for Thyroid Storm in Critically Ill Patients. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Apr 03; 6(4):e238655.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37067797; PMCID: PMC10111182; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.8655;
  6. Wu W, Guo W, Zhang N, Gao M, Zhang K, Pearce EN, Li S, Ren Z, Yang Y, Wang C, Zhang W. Adverse Effects on the Thyroid of Chinese Pregnant Women Exposed to Long-Term Iodine Excess: Optimal and Safe Tolerable Upper Intake Levels of Iodine. Nutrients. 2023 Mar 28; 15(7). PMID: 37049475; PMCID: PMC10097226; DOI: 10.3390/nu15071635;
  7. Peng C, Lee SY, Pearce EN. Isolated Maternal Hypothyroxinemia: Adverse Maternofetal Outcomes but Uncertainty about Treatment Remains. Thyroid. 2023 Mar 28. PMID: 36987374; PMCID: PMC10325797; DOI: 10.1089/thy.2023.0152;
  8. Pearce EN, Zimmermann MB. The Prevention of Iodine Deficiency: A History. Thyroid. 2023 Feb; 33(2):143-149. PMID: 36795091
  9. Chen W, Wang W, Gao M, Chen Y, Guo W, Dong S, Sun H, Pan Z, Pearce EN, Tan L, Shen J, Zhang W. Iodine Intakes of <150 µg/day or >550 µg/day are Not Recommended during Pregnancy: A Balance Study. J Nutr. 2023 Jul; 153(7):2041-2050. PMID: 37100687
  10. Shin HM, Oh J, J Schmidt R, N Pearce E. Prenatal Exposure to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, Maternal Thyroid Dysfunction, and Child Autism Spectrum Disorder. Endocrinol Metab (Seoul). 2022 Dec; 37(6):819-829. PMID: 36415960; PMCID: PMC9816503; DOI: 10.3803/EnM.2022.1598;
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2018 Women in Thyroidology: Woman of the Year
2018-2019 American Thyroid Association: President
2017-2021 Castle Connolly : Exceptional Women in Medicine
2017-2022 Boston Magazine: Top Doctors
2013 The Endocrine Society: Outstanding Reviewer Recognition Award
2011 American Thyroid Association: Van Meter Award
2010 American College of Endocrinology: Inducted as Fellow
2009-2022 Castle Connolly : America's Top Doctors
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