Eliana M. Perrin, MD, MPH, was recently named the new chief of the Division of Primary Care in the Department of Pediatrics, effective no later than February 1, 2017. In addition to leading the Division, Dr. Perrin will develop and direct an interdisciplinary obesity prevention and treatment research center, based in the department but spanning across the university.
Dr. Perrin comes to Duke from the UNC School of Medicine, where she is a tenured professor of pediatrics and research director in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She is also associate vice chancellor for research and director of the Office of Research Development.
Dr. Perrin is a nationally-recognized leader in patient-oriented preventive care and pediatric obesity and is particularly interested in BMI screening and the relationship of obesity to health outcomes. She has been the principal investigator on numerous grants in child health, including a multi-site randomized controlled obesity intervention trial funded by two NIH/NICHD R01s.
Dr. Perrin earned her medical degree at the University of Rochester and completed her pediatrics residency at Stanford University. She has an MPH from UNC-CH and also completed a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. Notably, she was awarded the American Academy of Pediatrics Special Achievement Award for Distinguished Service and Dedication to the Mission and Goals of the Academy, recognizing her work in childhood obesity. At UNC, she also received the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Award for Scholarly and Artistic Achievement, an honor that recognizes the achievements of outstanding junior tenure-track faculty or recently tenured faculty.
She currently directs a multi-disciplinary laboratory called the Scientific Collaborative for Overweight and Obesity Prevention and Treatment (SCOOPT) and has mentored numerous trainees over the years. As an associate vice chancellor for research at the university level for the past three years, she has helped many faculty develop interdisciplinary connections, learn about funding trends, and develop into successful research teams. Finally, she is a board-certified pediatrician, providing primary care and supervising residents at North Carolina Children’s hospital and outpatient clinics.