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 3/8/2021

    Lee SY, Pearce EN. Testing, Monitoring, and Treatment of Thyroid Dysfunction in Pregnancy. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2021 Mar 08; 106(3):883-892. PMID: 33349844.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 3/8/2021

    Sekhon I, Pearce EN, He X, Lee SY. Iodine content in meal replacements in the U.S. Endocr Pract. 2021 Mar 08. PMID: 33705969.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/15/2020

    Guo W, Dong S, Jin Y, Pan Z, Pearce EN, Wu W, Zhang Y, Chen W, Zhang W. Evaluation of variation of saliva iodine and recommendations for sample size and sampling time: Implications for assessing iodine nutritional status. Clin Nutr. 2020 Dec 15. PMID: 33388206.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/13/2020

    Rodriguez-Diaz E, Rivera-Ortiz JI, Lee SY, Gonzalez-Rodriguez LA, He X, Pearce EN. Iodine Status in Pregnant Women of Puerto Rico. Endocr Pract. 2020 Dec 13. PMID: 33618848.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/20/2020

    Kerver JM, Pearce EN, Elliott MR, Paneth N. Clearing up the misinterpretation on iodine intake in pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2020 Nov 20. PMID: 33221295.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/17/2020

    Pearce EN. An endocrinologist's journey in iodine nutrition. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2020 Nov 17. PMID: 33199852.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/7/2020

    Sawka AM, Alexander EK, Bianco AC, Chou R, Haugen BR, Kopp PA, Pearce EN, Ross DS, Smallridge RC, Jonklaas J. Challenges in Developing Recommendations Based on Low-Quality Evidence in Thyroid Guidelines. Thyroid. 2021 Jan; 31(1):3-7. PMID: 32900277.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/1/2020

    Nazeri P, Shab-Bidar S, Pearce EN, Shariat M. Do maternal urinary iodine concentration or thyroid hormones within the normal range during pregnancy affect growth parameters at birth? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Nutr Rev. 2020 09 01; 78(9):747-763. PMID: 31923312.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 8/19/2020

    Singer MC, Marchal F, Angelos P, Bernet V, Boucai L, Buchholzer S, Burkey B, Eisele D, Erkul E, Faure F, Freitag SK, Gillespie MB, Harrell RM, Hartl D, Haymart M, Leffert J, Mandel S, Miller BS, Morris J, Pearce EN, Rahmati R, Ryan WR, Schaitkin B, Schlumberger M, Stack BC, Van Nostrand D, Wong KK, Randolph G. Salivary and lacrimal dysfunction after radioactive iodine for differentiated thyroid cancer: American Head and Neck Society Endocrine Surgery Section and Salivary Gland Section joint multidisciplinary clinical consensus statement of otolaryngology, ophthalmology, nuclear medicine and endocrinology. Head Neck. 2020 Nov; 42(11):3446-3459. PMID: 32812307.

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  • Published on 7/17/2020

    Gorstein JL, Bagriansky J, Pearce EN, Kupka R, Zimmermann MB. Estimating the Health and Economic Benefits of Universal Salt Iodization Programs to Correct Iodine Deficiency Disorders. Thyroid. 2020 Dec; 30(12):1802-1809. PMID: 32458745.

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