Dr. Daniel Perl, M.D.

The director of CNRM's Brain Tissue Repository

Dr. Daniel Perl leads the CNRM Brain Tissue Repository.

Dr. Daniel Perl

Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Perl received his undergraduate degree from ColumbiaUniversity and his medical training at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. He then completed postgraduate training in Anatomic Pathology and Neuropathology at Yale University, after which he served for two years as a pathologist in the U.S. Public Health Service, stationed at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

He later served on the faculty of the Brown University Medical School and then the University of Vermont College of Medicine. At the University of Vermont, he began working on Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related neurodegenerative disorders. In 1986, Dr. Perl joined the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where for 24 years he served as Director of the Neuropathology Division and Professor of Pathology, Psychiatry and Neurosciences.

Dr. Perl has authored more than 260 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and is co-author of the 3rd edition of Oppenheimer’s Diagnostic Neuropathology, one of the leading textbooks in his field. He is highly regarded for his work on various aspects of the neuropathology of age-related neurodegenerative disorders, especially the role of environmental factors in their induction. He is the leading authority on the pathology of the fascinating complex of neurodegenerative disorders occurring among the native population living on Guam.

He recently became involved in investigations on the long-term effects of repeated head trauma in former NFL football players and other athletes in collaboration with the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. Dr. Perl has won numerous awards for his research as well as his role as a medical educator.

In September 2010, Dr. Perl was recruited to the faculty of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., as Professor of Pathology. In conjunction with the congressionally mandated Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine, he has established a state-of-the-art neuropathology laboratory dedicated to research on the acute and long-term effects of traumatic brain injury among military personnel.