Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Brings Expertise on Disparities and Childhood Obesity

Eliana Perrin, MD, MPH, a nationally recognized leader in patient-oriented primary care, childhood obesity, and health disparities research, recently joined Johns Hopkins University as a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor with appointments at the schools of Nursing and Medicine (Department of Pediatrics). 

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.

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.