Dr. Rocio (“Ro”) Pereira is the Chief of Endocrinology at Denver Health and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes. In addition to her role as Division Chief, Dr. Pereira leads the Denver Health Diabetes QI Committee, and she is the Founder and Director of a community-based lifestyle intervention program for Latino immigrants.
Dr. Pereira was born in Lima, Peru and immigrated to the U.S. with her family as a child. She grew up in the Boston area, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester in upstate New York. She completed Medical School, Internal Medicine Residency, and Endocrinology Fellowship at the University of Colorado, and joined the Denver Health staff and the University of Colorado Faculty after Fellowship.
The primary focus of Dr. Pereira’s work is addressing health disparities in diabetes and obesity-related diseases. She actively collaborates with local and regional community partners including community organizations and public health departments with the goal of increasing access to prevention and healthcare services for underprivileged communities. Dr. Pereira is an active member of the Endocrine Society where she is a former Chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and current member of the Trainee and Career Development Committee.
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