Elizabeth N. Pearce, MD, MSc

Associate Professor of Medicine



MD – Harvard Medical School
Msc in Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health

General field of research:


Affiliations other than medicine:

Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research
Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Nutrition

Contact information:

88 East Newton Street, Evans 201
Phone: (617) 414-1348
Fax: (617)-638 7221


Research group information

Lewis Braverman, MD
Angela Leung, MD
Xuemei He, MD
Sam Pino


Thyroid; Iodine Perchlorate

Summary of research interest:

Interests include the sufficiency of dietary iodine in the U.S., thyroid function in pregnancy and lactation, the thyroid effects of environmental perchlorate exposure and other potential endocrine disruptors, and the cardiovascular effects of subclinical thyroid dysfunction.

Recent publications:

Leung A.M., E.N. Pearce, L.E. Braverman. 2009. Iodine content of prenatal multivitamins in the United States. N Engl J Med 360(9): 939-40. PMID: 19246372

Oken E., L.E. Braverman, D. Platek, M.L. Mitchell, S.L. Lee, E.N. Pearce. 2009. Neonatal thyroxine, maternal thyroid function, and child cognition. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 94(2): 497-503. PMID: 19033373

Leung A.M., E.N. Pearce, T. Hamilton, X. He, S. Pino, A. Merewood, L.E. Braverman. 2009. Colostrum iodine and perchlorate concentrations in Boston-area women: a cross-sectional study. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf) 70(2): 326-30. PMID: 18616704

Pearce E.N., E. Oken, M.W. Gillman, S.L. Lee, B. Magnani, D. Platek, L.E. Braverman. 2008. Association of first-trimester thyroid function test values with thyroperoxidase antibody status, smoking, and multivitamin use. Endocr Pract 14(1): 33-9. PMID: 18238739

Pearce E.N., A.M. Leung, B.C. Blount, H.R. Bazrafshan, X. He, S. Pino, L. Valentin-Blasini, L.E. Braverman. 2007. Breast milk iodine and perchlorate concentrations in lactating Boston-area women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 92(5): 1673-7. PMID: 17311853

Braverman L.E., E.N. Pearce, X. He, S. Pino, M. Seeley, B. Beck, B. Magnani, B.C. Blount, A Firek. 2006. Effects of six months of daily low-dose perchlorate exposure on thyroid function in healthy volunteers. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 91(7): 2721-4. PMID: 16636123

Pearce E.N., S. Pino, X. He, H.R. Bazrafshan, SL. Lee, L.E. Braverman. 2004. Sources of dietary iodine: bread, cows’ milk, and infant formula in the Boston area. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 89(7): 3421-4. PMID: 15240625

Pearce E.N.,H. R. Bazrafshan, X. He, S. Pino, L.E. Braverman. 2004. Dietary iodine in pregnant women from the Boston, Massachusetts area. Thyroid 14(4): 327-8. PMID: 15142369