Elizabeth N. Pearce MD, MSc

Professor, Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition & Weight Management

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)

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Elizabeth Pearce

Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition & Weight Management


Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research


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.


MD, Harvard Medical School, 1997

MS, Boston University School of Public Health, 2004

BA, Harvard College, 1990


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 May 26. PMID: 37082958.

Published on 5/5/2023

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 May 05. PMID: 37146180.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 550 µg/day are Not Recommended during Pregnancy: A Balance Study. J Nutr. 2022 Dec 22. PMID: 37100687.

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.

Published on 11/9/2022

Guo W, Wu W, Gao M, Yang Y, Pearce EN, Li S, Ren Z, Zhang N, Zhang K, Pan Z, Zhang W. Characteristics and predictors of breast milk iodine in exclusively breastfed infants: Results from a repeated-measures study of iodine metabolism. Front Nutr. 2022; 9:1017744. PMID: 36438740.

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