Nancy D. Perrier, MD, FACS

Cancer.Net Specialty Editor: Surgical Oncologist
MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Dr. Nancy Perrier is Professor of Surgery and Chief, Section of Surgical Endocrinology;  Associate Director, Multidisciplinary Endocrine Center, and Fellowship Program Director of Surgical Endocrinology in the Department of Surgical Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She received the Walter and Ruth Sterling Distinguished Endowed Professorship in Surgery.  

Dr. Perrier is a native of Louisiana, a full alumni federation scholar graduate of Louisiana State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. During her undergraduate work she also completed studies abroad at the University of East Anglia in England. She returned to receive her medical degree from LSU in New Orleans during which time she was an active leader with the American Medical Association. Dr. Perrier completed her general surgical residency training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where she served as chief resident, Instructor in Surgery, and received the most honorable Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellowship Award. She then completed postgraduate training in both Endocrine Surgical Oncology Fellowship Clinical Training at the University of California at San Francisco and as a National Institute of Health T32 fellow in Outcomes Based Research and Epidemiology.   

Dr. Perrier’s career interest in endocrine tumor pathology and the associated genetic syndromes was secured. Her interest into safe implementation of new technology, quality outcomes of care and prediction and prevention of endocrine tumor syndromes has been career worthy. 

Dr. Perrier has received number awards, including both the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons and the American Thyroid Association Travel Fellowship Award.  In 2004, Dr. Perrier was granted the Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Award and she received funding from the American Geriatrics Society for her work on endocrine tumors in the geriatric population. She was awarded the prestigious James IV International Surgeon Award and represented American Surgery as she explored quality and safety of procedures and techniques worldwide, visiting programs and registrars throughout Europe and Australia. Dr. Perrier is also the recipient of the A.M. Shipley Award of the Southern Surgical Association, its highest distinction for outstanding new members. She has served on the Executive Council of the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons and as the Secretary and Treasurer of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons. She contributes significantly to post-graduate education, training, and collaborative quality improvement programs. 

Dr. Perrier has been on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist and serves on the Editorial Board of Cancer Genetics of the National Cancer Institute. She has served as principal investigator, collaborator or co-investigator on 48 grants, contracts and funded protocols. She has nearly 200 peer reviewed manuscripts in Annals of Surgery, Surgery, Journal of Surgical Oncology, World Journal of Surgery, and Journal of Clinical Endocrine and Metabolism and has published numerous invited articles, editorials, book chapters and has been Editor on two books on Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Tumors. She has been an invited speaker to more than 200 national and international meetings. Dr. Perrier is active with the American Board of Surgery as a consultant for the qualifying examination. Since 2005, she has been a consistent awardee of the “Best Doctors in America.”    

Disclosures: No relationships to disclose. 

Last updated: May 2016