Elizabeth N. Pearce, MD, MSc

Professor, Medicine

Elizabeth Pearce
75 E. Newton St Evans Building


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. Among her 87 articles, 22 include a mentee as first author. 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.


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


  • Published on 1/2/2020

    Lain SJ, Rifas-Shiman SL, Pearce EN, Nassar N, Oken E. Neonatal Thyroxine, Maternal Thyroid Function, and Cognition in Mid-childhood in a US Cohort. Matern Child Health J. 2020 Jan 02. PMID: 31897929.

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  • Published on 12/15/2019

    Lee SY, Cabral HJ, Aschengrau A, Pearce EN. Associations between Maternal Thyroid Function in Pregnancy and Obstetric and Perinatal Outcomes. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2019 Dec 15. PMID: 31838502.

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  • Published on 8/20/2019

    Korevaar TIM, Derakhshan A, Taylor PN, Meima M, Chen L, Bliddal S, Carty DM, Meems M, Vaidya B, Shields B, Ghafoor F, Popova PV, Mosso L, Oken E, Suvanto E, Hisada A, Yoshinaga J, Brown SJ, Bassols J, Auvinen J, Bramer WM, López-Bermejo A, Dayan C, Boucai L, Vafeiadi M, Grineva EN, Tkachuck AS, Pop VJM, Vrijkotte TG, Guxens M, Chatzi L, Sunyer J, Jiménez-Zabala A, Riaño I, Murcia M, Lu X, Mukhtar S, Delles C, Feldt-Rasmussen U, Nelson SM, Alexander EK, Chaker L, Männistö T, Walsh JP, Pearce EN, Steegers EAP, Peeters RP. Association of Thyroid Function Test Abnormalities and Thyroid Autoimmunity With Preterm Birth: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2019 08 20; 322(7):632-641. PMID: 31429897.

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  • Published on 7/1/2019

    Feldt-Rasmussen U, Emerson CH, Ross DS, Kopp PA, Pearce EN. Thoughts on the Japanese and American Perspectives on Thyroid Storm. Thyroid. 2019 Aug; 29(8):1033-1035. PMID: 31140377.

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  • Published on 6/1/2019

    Cui T, Wang W, Chen W, Pan Z, Gao S, Tan L, Pearce EN, Zimmermann MB, Shen J, Zhang W. Serum Iodine Is Correlated with Iodine Intake and Thyroid Function in School-Age Children from a Sufficient-to-Excessive Iodine Intake Area. J Nutr. 2019 Jun 01; 149(6):1012-1018. PMID: 31070733.

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  • Published on 6/1/2019

    Chittimoju SB, Pearce EN. Iodine Deficiency and Supplementation in Pregnancy. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2019 06; 62(2):330-338. PMID: 30829881.

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  • Published on 3/22/2019

    Fallah R, Du L, Braverman LE, He X, Segura-Harrison M, Yeh MW, Pearce EN, Chiu HK, Mittelman SD, Leung AM. Iodine Nutrition in Weaning Infants in the United States. Thyroid. 2019 04; 29(4):573-576. PMID: 30827204.

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  • Published on 3/7/2019

    Pan Z, Cui T, Chen W, Gao S, Pearce EN, Wang W, Chen Y, Guo W, Tan L, Shen J, Zhang W. Serum iodine concentration in pregnant women and its association with urinary iodine concentration and thyroid function. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2019 May; 90(5):711-718. PMID: 30724372.

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  • Published on 3/6/2019

    Gao M, Chen W, Sun H, Fan L, Wang W, Du C, Chen Y, Lin L, Pearce EN, Shen J, Cheng Y, Wang C, Zhang W. Excessive iodine intake is associated with formation of thyroid nodules in pregnant Chinese women. Nutr Res. 2019 Jun; 66:61-67. PMID: 30979661.

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  • Published on 3/1/2019

    Chen W, Zhang Q, Wu Y, Wang W, Wang X, Pearce EN, Tan L, Shen J, Zhang W. Shift of Reference Values for Thyroid Volume by Ultrasound in 8- to 13-Year-Olds with Sufficient Iodine Intake in China. Thyroid. 2019 03; 29(3):405-411. PMID: 30696370.

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