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 3/28/2024

    Osinga JAJ, Liu Y, Männistö T, Vafeiadi M, Tao FB, Vaidya B, Vrijkotte TGM, Mosso L, Bassols J, López-Bermejo A, Boucai L, Aminorroaya A, Feldt-Rasmussen U, Hisada A, Yoshinaga J, Broeren MAC, Itoh S, Kishi R, Ashoor G, Chen L, Veltri F, Lu X, Taylor PN, Brown SJ, Chatzi L, Popova PV, Grineva EN, Ghafoor F, Pirzada A, Kianpour M, Oken E, Suvanto E, Hattersley A, Rebagliato M, Riaño-Galán I, Irizar A, Vrijheid M, Delgado-Saborit JM, Fernández-Somoano A, Santa-Marina L, Boelaert K, Brenta G, Dhillon-Smith R, Dosiou C, Eaton JL, Guan H, Lee SY, Maraka S, Morris-Wiseman LF, Nguyen CT, Shan Z, Guxens M, Pop VJM, Walsh JP, Nicolaides KH, D'Alton ME, Visser WE, Carty DM, Delles C, Nelson SM, Alexander EK, Chaker L, Palomaki GE, Peeters RP, Bliddal S, Huang K, Poppe KG, Pearce EN, Derakhshan A, Korevaar TIM. Risk Factors for Thyroid Dysfunction in Pregnancy: An Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis. Thyroid. 2024 Mar 28. PMID: 38546971.

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  • Published on 3/5/2024

    Pearce EN, Lee SY. Treatment for Hyperthyroidism During Pregnancy-Reply. JAMA. 2024 Mar 05; 331(9):798-799. PMID: 38441586.

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  • Published on 3/4/2024

    Peng CC, Lin YJ, Lee SY, Lin SM, Han C, Loh CH, Huang HK, Pearce EN. MACE and Hyperthyroidism Treated With Medication, Radioactive Iodine, or Thyroidectomy. JAMA Netw Open. 2024 Mar 04; 7(3):e240904. PMID: 38436957.

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  • Published on 2/20/2024

    Derakhshan A, Männistö T, Chen L, Osinga JAJ, Ashoor G, Lu X, Bliddal S, Tao FB, Brown SJ, Vaidya B, Hattersley AT, Itoh S, Popova PV, Aminorroaya A, Kishi R, Kianpour M, Vasukova EA, López-Bermejo A, Oken E, Chatzi L, Vafeiadi M, Bramer WM, Bassols J, Lertxundi A, Fernández-Somoano A, Carrasco P, Auvinen J, Huang K, Feldt-Rasmussen U, Grineva EN, Alexander EK, Pearce EN, Chaker L, Walsh JP, Peeters RP, Guxens M, Suvanto E, Nicolaides KH, Korevaar TIM. Association of Gestational Free and Total Triiodothyronine With Gestational Hypertension, Preeclampsia, Preterm Birth, and Birth Weight: An Individual Participant Data Meta-analysis. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2024 Feb 20; 109(3):e1290-e1298. PMID: 37878891.

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  • Published on 1/22/2024

    Kaplan ZB, Pearce EN, Lee SY, Shin HM, Schmidt RJ. Maternal Thyroid Dysfunction During Pregnancy as an Etiologic Factor in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Challenges and Opportunities for Research. Thyroid. 2024 Feb; 34(2):144-157. PMID: 38149625.

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  • Published on 1/13/2024

    Annesi CA, Woods AP, Kim NE, Pearce EN, Merrill AL, McAneny D, Drake FT. Limited English Proficiency and Graves' Disease at an Urban Safety Net Hospital. J Surg Res. 2024 Apr; 296:56-65. PMID: 38219507.

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  • Published on 11/15/2023

    Nazeri P, Pearce EN, Farrokhzad N, Baghalha F, Shariat M, Azizi F. Do Postpartum Maternal Iodine Status or Supplementation Affect Thyroid Function After Delivery? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Biol Trace Elem Res. 2023 Nov 15. PMID: 37966688.

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  • Published on 11/11/2023

    Pearce EN. Endocrine Disruptors and Thyroid Health. Endocr Pract. 2024 Feb; 30(2):172-176. PMID: 37956907.

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  • Published on 10/17/2023

    Lee SY, Pearce EN. Hyperthyroidism: A Review. JAMA. 2023 Oct 17; 330(15):1472-1483. PMID: 37847271.

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  • 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.

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