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Eliana Perrin, MD, MPH

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Eliana Perrin
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Disparities
  • Family
  • Obesity
  • Pediatrics
  • Primary Care
  • Social Determinants of Health/Poverty


Eliana Perrin, a nationally recognized leader in patient-oriented primary care, childhood obesity, and health disparities research, is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor with appointments at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Nursing and Medicine (Department of Pediatrics). Dr. Perrin has developed, tested, and disseminated many tools to help pediatricians prevent and treat obesity. Her research focuses on what pediatricians can do during well-child checks to support parents in helping children grow up healthy, and her groundbreaking work has had a broad impact on an epidemic that affects 1 in 3 children in the United States. Dr. Perrin has spanned qualitative and quantitative methods and topics—from inflammatory markers in neonates to developing and testing color-coded growth charts to the influence of messages in children’s movies—to understand the many facets of childhood obesity and health correlates, particularly focusing on disadvantaged communities. She founded Duke University’s Center for Childhood Obesity Research and, with colleagues, created, led, and researched “Greenlight,” a low-literacy primary care program to prevent obesity in young children, starting at infancy. Dr. Perrin joined Johns Hopkins University in 2021.

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  • Publications/Research

    Sanders LM, Perrin EM, Yin HS, Delamater AM, Flower KB, Bian A, Schildcrout JS, Rothman RL; Greenlight Study Team (2021). A health-literacy intervention for early childhood obesity prevention: A cluster randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics. May; 147 (5):e2020049866.

    Nowinski CJ, DeWalt DA, Carter AS, Chacko A, Gross HE, Perrin EM, Krug CW, Holl JL, Gershon RC (2021). Recommendations for assessment of social, emotional, and behavioral health for the National Children’s Study. Front Pediatr. May 4;9:624524.

    Duh-Leong C, Yin HS, Yi SS, Chen SL, Mui A, Perrin EM, Zhao Q, Gross RS (2021). Material hardship and stress from COVID-19 in Immigrant Chinese American Families with Infants. J Immigr Minor Health. Sep 7:1-10. doi: 10.1007/s10903-021-01267-8. Online ahead of print.

    White MJ, Schechter JC, Neely B, Reyes C, Maguire RL, Perrin EM, Ksinan AJ, Kollins SH, Fuemmeler BF (2021). Parenting stress, child weight-related behaviors, and child weight status. Child Obes. Sep 24. doi: 10.1089/chi.2021.0098. Online ahead of print.

    Gerhart JG, Carreño FO, Edginton AN, Sinha J, Perrin EM, Kumar KR, Rikhi A, Hornik CP, Harris V, Ganguly S, Cohen-Wolkowiez M, Gonzalez D (2021). Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act—Pediatric Trials Network Steering Committee. Development and Evaluation of a Virtual Population of Children with Obesity for Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic Modeling. Clin Pharmacokinet. 2021 Oct 7. doi: 10.1007/s40262-021-01072-4. Online ahead of print.

  • Awards/Honors

    2021  Presidential Award, as part of the LATIN-19 Team, Duke University

    2018  Denny, Katz, Simon, Tingelstad Academic Service Award, presented by the North Carolina Pediatrics Society

    2016  Two abstracts won out of only 10 “Best Abstracts” in Pediatric Section at The Obesity Society national meeting

    2016  Orr Lecture and Visiting Professorship, Stanford University

    2014  Annual John C. Robinson Primary Care Awardee Lecturer, Department of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children

    2013-14  Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Award for Scholarly and Artistic Achievement—awarded in 2013 with honorary lecture in 2014

    2013  Participant (competitive selection) in AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar

    2013  Elected to membership in the Society for Pediatric Research

    2011-12  Selected for, and completed, the Academic Leadership Program run by the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute for the Arts and Humanities. One of eight tenured faculty members chosen from across the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to receive leadership training and support

    2011  WCHL’s “Village Pride Award Hometown Hero” for work on childhood obesity

    2011  Sabry Woolly Award for Best Oral Presentation, Health Literacy Annual Research Conference (HARC), Chicago, IL

    2011  American Academy of Pediatrics Special Achievement Award for Distinguished Service and Dedication to the Mission and Goals of the Academy (chosen for leadership in addressing pediatric obesity)

    2010 Selected for, and completed, the UNC School of Medicine Fall 2010 Faculty Leadership Initiative

    2009-present  Included in Best Doctors of America databases

    2008  Participant (competitive selection) in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Strategies for Translating Research to Public Policy

    2008  Participant (competitive selection) in AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar

    2005-present  Listed in “Guide to America’s Top Pediatricians” 

    2005  Article (in Journal of Pediatrics) honored as one of the 10 best pediatric articles of 2004 by Contemporary Pediatrics

    1999  Second Prize, 3rd Annual Poetry Contest, UCSF-Stanford

    1999  Norman Schlossberger Education Award in Adolescent Medicine for the Stanford pediatrics resident with the most promise in adolescent medicine

    1997  Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Award, to the woman who graduates 1st in her medical school class at the University of Rochester

    1997  A.O.A. (Honor Medical Society) Induction

    1996-97  Atwater Scholarship, awarded by the George Washington Corner Society for the History of Medicine to the best presentation on medical history

    1996  National Essay Contest – “It’s Nice ‘n’ Easy to Care”- 2nd Prize, awarded prize money for tuition and donation to children’s welfare advocacy organizations

    1993  Lucretia Mott Fellowship, awarded by Swarthmore College for pursuit of advanced study

    1992  Joel Dean Undergraduate Research Fellowship for Social Sciences Research which provided funding for a psychology project on adolescent friendship patterns