Eliana Perrin, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics, chief of the Division of Primary Care, and director of the Duke Center for Childhood Obesity Research, has received the 2018 Denny, Katz, Simon, Tingelstad Academic Service Award from the North Carolina Pediatric Society. The award is given to an academic pediatrician for outstanding efforts to improve the health and wellness of all children in the state of North Carolina.
Perrin came to Duke in February 2017 from the UNC School of Medicine, where she was a tenured professor of pediatrics and research director in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She was also associate vice chancellor for research and director of the Office of Research Development.
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.
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.
In addition, she directed 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 three years prior to coming to Duke, she helped many faculty develop interdisciplinary connections, learn about funding trends, and develop into successful research teams.
Perrin is currently the national chair for the Academic Pediatrics Association Research Committee and has been a long-standing member of the NC Pediatric Society.
“I am very honored and humbled to receive this award from a group that I have really loved and admired for a long time,” she said.
The awards will be presented beginning October 12.
In addition to Perrin, NC Peds will present awards to the following individuals for their contributions to child health and well-being in North Carolina:
Gerri Mattson, MD, MSPH, FAAP
Division of Public Health - Children and Youth Branch
NC Department of Health and Human Services
David T. Tayloe, Sr. Award for Outstanding Community Service
Partner Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP
Good for Kids Award
Legal Aid of North Carolina
Tom Vitaglione Child Health Advocacy Award
Representative Gregory F. Murphy, MD
NC House of Representatives, District 9 Pitt County
James D. Bernstein Excellence in Public Service Award
David L. Hill, MD, FAAP
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
KidzCare Pediatrics, Wilmington
Steve Shore Service Award
“We are proud to honor the excellent accomplishments of these outstanding individuals and organizations. North Carolina is lucky to have so many wonderful and passionate individuals working to promote child health statewide,” said Scott St. Clair, MD, FAAP, who currently serves as NCPeds President and a pediatrician at Blue Ridge Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.
About the North Carolina Pediatric Society
Founded in 1931, the North Carolina Pediatric Society (NCPeds) is the state affiliate Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics with more than 2,000 pediatricians and pediatric health professional members. Its mission is to empower pediatricians and its partners to foster the physical, social, and emotional well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.