Elissa Schechter-Perkins MD,MPH,DTMH

Vice Chair of Research, Department of Emergency Medicine; Director of Emergency Medicine Infectious Disease Management; Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine Boston University School of Medicine


Elissa M Schechter-Perkins MD, MPH, DTMH is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and the Vice Chair of EM Research at Boston University School of Medicine/Boston University School of Medicine. She is also the Director of Emergency Medicine Infectious Disease Management. She is the co-Chair of the SAEM Interest Group Emergency Medicine Transmissible Infectious Diseases and Epidemics, a network of academic emergency departments focused on research, practice, and policy on emerging and transmissible infectious diseases.

Dr Perkins earned a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University, and completed her Doctorate of Medicine at Columbia University. She did her Emergency Medicine residency training at Yale New Haven Hospital, and then completed an International EM fellowship at Los Angeles County, University of Southern California, during which time she earned an MPH from UCLA and a diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Gorgas Clinical Course in Tropical Medicine in Lima, Peru.

Dr. Perkins has spent her career working with vulnerable populations, primarily in inner city EDs. Her academic area of expertise focuses on the intersection of infectious diseases, public health, and the ED. She has developed programs and evaluated methods to enhance both ED and hospital-wide screening and treatment of infectious diseases that have public health consequences, including HIV, HCV, MRSA, sexually transmitted infections, influenza, and now COVID-19.