Dr. Nancy Perrier is a tenured surgical oncologist and a Ruth and Walter Sterling Endowed professor in the Department of Surgical Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She leads the section of Surgical Endocrinology as chief and is the associate medical director of the Multidisciplinary Endocrine Center.
The section sees a high volume of patients and is recognized for excellent outcomes, nationally funded research, and a top-tier fellowship program. It is the hub of surgical training for endocrine tumors and syndromes and is a base for surgical oncology, surgical endocrinology, endocrine neoplasia, and general surgery for multiple institutions.
In addition, with Perrier at the helm, the program has grown to include multidisciplinary translational research platforms and internationally recognized training. Trainees are those who extend into productive academic and clinical surgical careers. The investigative and translation efforts have led to the development of robust platforms for sporadic and hereditary endocrine tumors and cancers. The team has brought together an international collaborative group that aims for identifying prognostic factors and novel therapeutics for personalized care.
Perrier’s scholarly works comprise of more than 360 peer-reviewed publications and forty-two book chapters, and three textbooks. Her internationally recognized expertise and interests extend from endocrine tumors, innovative surgery, value of care, and best-in-care guideline algorithms.
Perrier is highly regarded among her peers for technical mastery, clinical excellence, integrity, initiative, effectiveness, and leadership skills. She serves in multiple capacities at MD Anderson, including clinical chair of the institution’s value initiatives. Her influence extends across multiple organizations where she has served the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES) and International Association of Endocrine Surgeons (IAES) and is influential senior author on practice guidelines.
She currently serves on the council of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and the Complex General Surgical Oncology Specialty Board. She has been tapped as a Master Surgeon Educator, Governor of the American College of Surgeons and immediate past vice president of the Southern Surgical Association.
Perrier earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from LSU in 1989 and a Doctor of Medicine degree from LSU Medical School in 1993. She also has a master’s degree in healthcare management from Rice University’s Graduate School of Business and a value certificate from Harvard’s School of Business. Perrier met her husband Dan at LSU and they have two children, Daniel and Amelie.
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LSU means purple and gold – pure heart and gold shimmer. I am immensely grateful to this university for affording the development to balance left and right brain. The academic program believed and invested in a “wonder-er” The social program established robust, lifelong networks and relationships. This support brought confidence to a girl from Opelousas to be curious, knock to open doors, and create novel pathways. LSU trusted me to test and be innovative, take responsible risks and go beyond its boundaries with novel exchange abroad programs. This took me out of my comfort zone and set a trajectory for life. Did I mention that most importantly, it was at LSU that I met Dan Perrier? - Dr. Nancy Perrier