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 2/6/2019

    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 Feb 06. PMID: 30724372.

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  • Published on 1/30/2019

    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 8-13-year-old children with sufficient iodine intake in China. Thyroid. 2019 Jan 30. PMID: 30696370.

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  • Published on 10/30/2018

    Patel A, Lee SY, Stagnaro-Green A, MacKay D, Wong AW, Pearce EN. Iodine Content of the Best-Selling United States Adult and Prenatal Multivitamin Preparations. Thyroid. 2019 Jan; 29(1):124-127. PMID: 30266075.

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  • Published on 10/5/2018


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  • Published on 10/2/2018

    Chen Y, Chen W, Du C, Fan L, Wang W, Gao M, Zhang Y, Cui T, Hao Y, Pearce EN, Wang C, Zhang W. Iodine Nutrition and Thyroid Function in Pregnant Women Exposed to Different Iodine Sources. Biol Trace Elem Res. 2018 Oct 02. PMID: 30280309.

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  • Published on 9/5/2018

    Pearce EN. Iodine nutrition: recent research and unanswered questions. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2018 09; 72(9):1226-1228. PMID: 30185854.

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  • Published on 9/1/2018

    Chen W, Pearce EN, Zhang W. Reply to Ma ZF. Am J Clin Nutr. 2018 Sep 01; 108(3):642. PMID: 30084911.

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  • Published on 7/6/2018

    Knight BA, Shields BM, He X, Pearce EN, Braverman LE, Sturley R, Vaidya B. Effect of perchlorate and thiocyanate exposure on thyroid function of pregnant women from South-West England: a cohort study. Thyroid Res. 2018; 11:9. PMID: 30002731.

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  • Published on 5/23/2018

    Wang W, Du C, Lin L, Chen W, Tan L, Shen J, Pearce EN, Zhang Y, Gao M, Bian J, Wang X, Zhang W. Anthropometry-based 24-h urinary creatinine excretion reference for Chinese children. PLoS One. 2018; 13(5):e0197672. PMID: 29791502.

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  • Published on 5/1/2018

    Chen W, Zhang Y, Hao Y, Wang W, Tan L, Bian J, Pearce EN, Zimmermann MB, Shen J, Zhang W. Adverse effects on thyroid of Chinese children exposed to long-term iodine excess: optimal and safe Tolerable Upper Intake Levels of iodine for 7- to 14-y-old children. Am J Clin Nutr. 2018 May 01; 107(5):780-788. PMID: 29722836.

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