Elizabeth N. Pearce, MD, MSc

Professor, Medicine

Elizabeth Pearce
75 E. Newton St


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 Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


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


  • Published on 9/18/2023

    Guo W, Yang Y, Jiang W, Cheng Y, Wu W, Pan Z, Zhang D, Li S, Ren Z, Zhang N, Zhang K, Pearce EN, Chen W, Zhang W. An Iodine Balance Study in Chinese School-age Children. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2023 Sep 18; 108(10):e949-e955. PMID: 37146180.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/28/2023

    Chiung-Hui Peng C, Han C, Waisayanand N, De Leo S, Srimatkandada P, Kommareddy S, Pearce EN, He X, Lee SY. Changes in Urinary Iodine Levels Following Bariatric Surgery. Endocr Pract. 2023 Sep; 29(9):710-715. PMID: 37385530.

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  • Published on 5/26/2023

    Shan Z, Li Y, Li Y, Wang H, Teng D, Teng X, Chong W, Shi X, Li J, Guo J, Lou Z, Fan C, Ding S, He L, Liu H, Pearce EN, Teng W. Changing Iodine Status and the Incidence of Thyroid Disease in Mainland China: A Prospective 20-Year Follow-Up Study. Thyroid. 2023 Jul; 33(7):858-866. PMID: 37082958.

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  • Published on 4/24/2023

    Peng CC, Lee SY, Pearce EN. Isolated Maternal Hypothyroxinemia: Adverse Maternofetal Outcomes but Uncertainty About Treatment Remains. Thyroid. 2023 May; 33(5):535-537. PMID: 36987374.

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  • Published on 4/3/2023

    Lee SY, Modzelewski KL, Law AC, Walkey AJ, Pearce EN, Bosch NA. Comparison of Propylthiouracil vs Methimazole for Thyroid Storm in Critically Ill Patients. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Apr 03; 6(4):e238655. PMID: 37067797.

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  • Published on 3/28/2023

    Wu W, Guo W, Zhang N, Gao M, Zhang K, Pearce EN, Li S, Ren Z, Yang Y, Wang C, Zhang W. Adverse Effects on the Thyroid of Chinese Pregnant Women Exposed to Long-Term Iodine Excess: Optimal and Safe Tolerable Upper Intake Levels of Iodine. Nutrients. 2023 Mar 28; 15(7). PMID: 37049475.

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  • Published on 3/28/2023

    Peng C, Lee SY, Pearce EN. Isolated Maternal Hypothyroxinemia: Adverse Maternofetal Outcomes but Uncertainty about Treatment Remains. Thyroid. 2023 Mar 28. PMID: 36987374.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 2/1/2023

    Pearce EN, Zimmermann MB. The Prevention of Iodine Deficiency: A History. Thyroid. 2023 Feb; 33(2):143-149. PMID: 36795091.

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  • Published on 12/22/2022

    Chen W, Wang W, Gao M, Chen Y, Guo W, Dong S, Sun H, Pan Z, Pearce EN, Tan L, Shen J, Zhang W. Iodine Intakes of <150 µg/day or >550 µg/day are Not Recommended during Pregnancy: A Balance Study. J Nutr. 2023 Jul; 153(7):2041-2050. PMID: 37100687.

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  • Published on 11/23/2022

    Shin HM, Oh J, J Schmidt R, N Pearce E. Prenatal Exposure to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, Maternal Thyroid Dysfunction, and Child Autism Spectrum Disorder. Endocrinol Metab (Seoul). 2022 Dec; 37(6):819-829. PMID: 36415960.

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