Elena E. Perez, MD, PhD, is a partner at Allergy Associates of the Palm Beaches in North Palm Beach, Florida. She received her medical and doctorate degrees from the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. She went on to complete a fellowship in allergy and immunology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her current position, Dr. Perez served as an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of South Florida, and research laboratory director for the Children's Research Institute at the University of South Florida.
Dr. Perez is board certified in pediatrics, allergy, and Immunology. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and served as chair of the Primary Immunodeficiency Disease Committee, for which she received a recognition award for leadership, dedication and service. She is currently the chair of the Basic and Clinical Immunology Interest Section of the AAAAI. She is also a member of the Clinical Immunology Society, where she has served as councilor and in the mentorship program.
Dr. Perez' most recent research activities focus on the early diagnosis of congenital immunodeficiencies. Her post-doctoral work involved preclinical research using zinc finger nucleases to genetically modify human T cells rendering them immune to HIV infection. She has authored or co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed research articles, reviews, and book chapters on pediatric immunology topics. Dr. Perez is a frequent speaker and moderator for immunology conferences and has served on the editorial boards of Clinical Immunology and American Society of Microbiology journals.