Edith A. Perez, M.D. is a cancer specialist and internationally known researcher at Mayo Clinic. She is a professor of medicine at Mayo Medical School and has various member and leadership roles at Mayo Clinic, including director of the Breast Program. Additionally, she is the chair of the Cancer Clinical Study Unit at Mayo Clinic Florida. Her roles extend nationally, including chairing the Breast Committee for the North Central Cancer Treatment Group, as well as other positions within the American Association for Cancer Research, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and National Cancer Institute.
Dr. Perez has developed and is involved in a wide range of clinical trials exploring the use of new therapeutic agents for the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. She also has developed studies to evaluate the role of genetic markers in the development and aggressiveness of breast cancer. Dr. Perez has authored more than 525 research articles in journals, books, and abstracts. She is frequently invited to lecture at national and international meetings and serves on the editorial boards of multiple academic journals.
Dr. Perez is a recipient of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation Research Grant Award (1998-2010); the Horizon Achievement Award in Cancer Research (2002); the North Florida Hispanic of the Year Award (2003); the Mayo Clinic Outstanding Faculty Award (2002 & 2004); the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Educator Award (2003); the named Serene M. and Frances C. Durling Professorship of Medicine (2006); Honorary Doctorate of Letters, University of North Florida (2006); Mayo Clinic Distinguished Investigator (2007); the Florida State Biomedical Research Advisory Council [BRAC] (2009-2012); and member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (2009).
Dr. Perez received her medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in San Juan, and she completed her residency in internal medicine at the Loma Linda University Medical Center in California. She served as a general internist in the Division of National Health Services Corps Region IX, Los Angeles, and as a fellow in Hematology/Oncology at Martinez VA Medical Center at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine.