James Perrin, M.D.

Physician Investigator (NonCl)
Pediatrics, Mass General Research Institute
Honorary Pediatrician
Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
MD Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine 1968
adhd; asthma; autism; autism spectrum disorder; child health services; childhood illness; chronic disease; disabled children; health services needs and demand; medicaid; middle ear disease; neonatal screening; pediatrics

James M. Perrin, MD, is professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and associate chair of pediatrics at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children. He holds the John C. Robinson Distinguished Chair in Pediatrics at the MGH. Past director of the MGHfC Division of General Pediatrics, he also founded the MGH Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy and its associated research fellowship program, and directed the center for over 15 years. He is a past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, former chair of its Committee on Children with Disabilities, and past president of the Ambulatory (Academic) Pediatric Association. For the American Academy of Pediatrics, he also co-chaired a committee to develop practice guidelines for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and then a group advising the AAP on the implementation of the guidelines; he recently co-chaired the Task Force on Pediatric Practice Change. His research has examined asthma, middle ear disease, children’s hospitalization, health insurance, and childhood chronic illness and disabilities. He has published over 250 research papers, chapters, and commentaries. His research has been funded by MCHB, NIH, RWJ, Milbank, AHRQ, and Autism Speaks, among others. For 10 years, he headed the Clinical Coordinating Center (based at the MGH) for the national Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network and directed the federally-funded Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health, a multisite collaborative aiming to improve evidence-based health care for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. He also directed the Evidence Working Group reporting to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau for the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders and Genetic Diseases in Newborns and Children. Dr. Perrin was the founding editor of Academic (Ambulatory) Pediatrics, the journal of the Academic Pediatric Association, which he served as editor-in-chief for 10 years.

Dr. Perrin is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Children, Youth, and Families, and has served on many Institute of Medicine committees on maternal and child health, health care reform, health care quality, long-term care, disability, and children’s mental health. He was a member of the National Commission on Childhood Disability and the Disability Policy Panel of the National Academy of Social Insurance. His experience includes two years in Washington working on rural primary care development and migrant health. After his fellowship at the University of Rochester, he developed and ran a rural community health center in farming communities between Rochester and Buffalo.

He received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. He also served as a member of the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. A graduate of Harvard College and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, he had his residency and fellowship training at the University of Rochester and has also been on the faculties of the University of Rochester and Vanderbilt University, where he had appointments in pediatrics and public policy.


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