James M. Perrin, MD, FAAP, is the president of the American
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr. Perrin took office on Jan. 1, 2014, and will
serve as AAP president for a one year term.
Dr. Perrin is a primary care pediatrician with a lifetime of
policy work and advocacy for children and adolescents, especially those with
chronic conditions. A professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Dr.
Perrin heads the Division of General Pediatrics at the MassGeneral Hospital
(MGH) for Children. He also founded and directed the MGH Center for Child and
Adolescent Health Policy.
A graduate of Harvard and Case Western Reserve Medical School, he
completed his residency and fellowship at Rochester University Medical Center.
Dr. Perrin worked for two years in Washington, D.C., on rural primary care and
migrant health. He developed and ran a rural community health center in upstate
New York before moving to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and later MGH to
develop divisions of general pediatrics in both sites.
His research examines day-to-day issues of pediatrics: asthma,
otitis media, children’s hospitalization, health insurance, and chronic illness
and disabilities. He now leads the Clinical Coordinating Center for the
national Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network to improve care for children
with autism and other developmental disorders.
Dr. Perrin has a long record of AAP service. He chaired the AAP
Committee on Children with Disabilities, co-chaired a committee that developed
practice guidelines for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and
co-chaired a work group to implement the ADHD guidelines. He has also served on
the AAP task force on mental health and the committees on federal government
affairs and genetics. Dr. Perrin was president of the Ambulatory Pediatric
Association and founded its journal, Academic
Dr. Perrin’s wife, Ellen, is also a pediatrician. Both enjoy
traveling, hiking, biking, and spending time with their children and
grandchildren in North Carolina and Maine.
American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care
pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical
specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants,
children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org.