Elizabeth N. Pearce, MD, MSc

Professor, Medicine

Elizabeth Pearce
720 Harrison Avenue (DOB-Doctors Office 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. 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.

Other Positions

  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


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

Classes Taught

  • GMSNU755
  • GMSNU757


  • Published on 3/4/2022

    Toloza FJK, Derakhshan A, Männistö T, Bliddal S, Popova PV, Carty DM, Chen L, Taylor P, Mosso L, Oken E, Suvanto E, Itoh S, Kishi R, Bassols J, Auvinen J, López-Bermejo A, Brown SJ, Boucai L, Hisada A, Yoshinaga J, Shilova E, Grineva EN, Vrijkotte TGM, Sunyer J, Jiménez-Zabala A, Riaño-Galan I, Lopez-Espinosa MJ, Prokop LJ, Singh Ospina N, Brito JP, Rodriguez-Gutierrez R, Alexander EK, Chaker L, Pearce EN, Peeters RP, Feldt-Rasmussen U, Guxens M, Chatzi L, Delles C, Roeters van Lennep JE, Pop VJM, Lu X, Walsh JP, Nelson SM, Korevaar TIM, Maraka S. Association between maternal thyroid function and risk of gestational hypertension and pre-eclampsia: a systematic review and individual-participant data meta-analysis. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2022 Apr; 10(4):243-252. PMID: 35255260.

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  • Published on 3/3/2022

    Pearce EN, Korevaar TIM, Leung AM. Levothyroxine for the Treatment of Subclinical Hypothyroidism in Thyroperoxidase Antibody Negative Pregnant Women: The Jury Is Still Out. Thyroid. 2022 Apr; 32(4):349-350. PMID: 35107366.

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  • Published on 2/18/2022

    Peng CC, Pearce EN. An update on thyroid disorders in the postpartum period. J Endocrinol Invest. 2022 Feb 18. PMID: 35181848.

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  • Published on 1/4/2022

    Lee SY, Pearce EN. Assessment and treatment of thyroid disorders in pregnancy and the postpartum period. Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2022 03; 18(3):158-171. PMID: 34983968.

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  • Published on 12/7/2021

    Lee SY, Pearce EN. Preconception Care to Optimize Pregnancy Outcomes. JAMA. 2021 12 07; 326(21):2204-2205. PMID: 34874428.

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  • Published on 11/5/2021

    Chen Y, Guo W, Pan Z, Zhang D, Gao M, Wu W, Wang C, Duan Y, Gu X, Pearce EN, Lai J, Zhang W. Exploration of the optimal range of urinary iodine concentration in Chinese pregnant women in mildly iodine-deficient and -sufficient areas. Eur J Nutr. 2022 Apr; 61(3):1221-1230. PMID: 34739565.

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  • Published on 9/13/2021

    Amouzegar A, Pearce EN, Mehran L, Lazarus J, Takyar M, Azizi F. TPO antibody in euthyroid pregnant women and cognitive ability in the offspring: a focused review. J Endocrinol Invest. 2022 Feb; 45(2):425-431. PMID: 34515961.

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  • Published on 5/11/2021

    Nazeri P, Tahmasebinejad Z, Pearce EN, Zarezadeh Z, Tajeddini T, Mirmiran P, Azizi F. Does maternal iodine supplementation during the lactation have a positive impact on neurodevelopment of children? Three-year follow up of a randomized controlled trial. Eur J Nutr. 2021 Oct; 60(7):4083-4091. PMID: 33974129.

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  • Published on 4/27/2021

    Siskind SM, Lee SY, Pearce EN. Investigating hypothyroidism. BMJ. 2021 04 27; 373:n993. PMID: 33906834.

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  • Published on 3/8/2021

    Sekhon I, Pearce EN, He X, Lee SY. Iodine Content in Meal Replacements in the United States. Endocr Pract. 2021 Jul; 27(7):668-672. PMID: 33705969.

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