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James M. Perrin, MD, FAAP

2014 President

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 formerly headed 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 the University of Rochester 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 currently leads the

Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health, organized to improve care for children with autism and other neurodevelopmental 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 Pediatrics.
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.


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