Dr. Perkins completed college at Stanford University, medical school at Harvard, and her obstetrics and gynecology residency at the Brigham and Women's and Massachusetts General Hospitals. Since 2005, she has been faculty at the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Perkinsí goal as a practicing gynecologist and physician-scientist is to decrease overall rates of cervical cancer, and also to reduce race and income disparities in this disease. She first became involved in cervical cancer prevention after seeing firsthand the devastating consequences of cervical cancer as a medical volunteer in Honduras in 2003, and has been active in cervical cancer prevention activities since then. Her current research focuses on improving utilization of HPV vaccination. Dr. Perkins is working on national projects with the American Cancer Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and CDC to improve rates of HPV vaccination nationwide.