Dr. Pereira joined the faculty of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes in July 2005. Dr. Pereira was born in Lima, Peru and moved to the United States with her family at the age of 10. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Rochester in 1989. Dr. Pereira worked as a Research Assistant at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, and then at the UCHSC-affiliated Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes until 1995. She then attended the University of Colorado School of Medicine where she earned her M.D. degree in 1999. Dr. Pereira completed her Internal Medicine Residency training at UCHSC in 2002 and remained there for her Endocrinology Fellowship which she completed in 2005. Dr. Pereira is board certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. She has also been on staff at Denver Health Medical Center since July 2006 as a Clinical Endocrinologist. Dr. Pereira's research focuses on the role of adipose tissue in mediating insulin resistance, diabetes, and the Metabolic Syndrome. She is currently studying subjects in the General Clinical Research Center as well as conducting laboratory research.