Biography: Leigh Perreault, MD

Leigh Perreault, MD
  • Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes
  • Affiliate Center for Global Health
  • University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Associate Professor of Epidemiology
  • Colorado School of Public Health
  • Aurora, CO

Leigh Perreault is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology striving to transform our current clinical approach to diabetes prevention. Dr. Perreault graduated from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus where she has remained on faculty for the past 15 years. Her curriculum vitae outlines a robust record of publications, most notably a 2012 publication in The Lancet which was the sole topic of a review by Nature, chosen as one of the “hot topics” in diabetes by the Endocrine Society in 2012, and used to design the new standards of care for people with pre-diabetes by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) in 2013. Dr. Perreault’s overarching research interest lies in understanding the early events that lead to obesity, pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes in order to identify novel strategies to restore normoglycemia in people with early dysglycemia. To this end, she has formed numerous collaborations, including as a co-investigator on the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study (DPPOS), as well as pursuing her independent research, which collectively have led to a patent and several awards. Translation of research for the education of patients and health care providers is one of Dr. Perreault’s top priorities, and is readily evidenced by her dedicated patient care, as well as work as the co-editor of the Obesity section of UpToDate and speaking engagements across the globe.