Genevieve Scott Neal-Perry is a University of North Carolina distinguished professor, chair of obstetrics and gynecology, and reproductive endocrinologist who specializes in minimally invasive surgical procedures to restore fertility. She was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1955, and was the first person in her family to graduate from college, earning a bachelor of science degree in biology from Dartmouth College in 1977.
After completing her bachelor’s, Neal-Perry earned her Ph.D. and medical degree in neuropharmacology from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1998. In 2002, she completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency and fellowship training at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey. Neal-Perry received the Elliot D. Blumenthal Senior Resident Research Award, the Excellence in Medical Student Teacher as a Resident Award, and the Special Excellence in Endoscopic Procedures Award during her residency.
She was appointed associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and neuroscience at Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York, after completing her residency and fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI). During her tenure, Neal-Perry served as the REI division research and fellowship director as well as the associate dean for diversity and mentoring. In 2001, she joined the Endocrine Society and served on the Special Programs Committee, the Research Affairs Core Committee, and the ENDO Editorial Board.
Neal-Perry was appointed director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington in 2015. (UW). During her time at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Neal-Perry was instrumental in the establishment and operation of the Cancer and Reproduction Clinic. At University Reproductive Care, she also created several family-building programs.
As the director of the Oncoreproduction Clinic at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Neal-Perry developed a family-building fertility package discount for fertility services that is available to any University of Washington student or employee seeking fertility treatment at the UW Medical Center-Roosevelt Clinic.
Because fertility treatment is not a medical benefit in the state of Washington, Neal-Perry collaborated with an organizing committee to get the student and employee fertility services discount approved by the HCA Authority and Public Employees Benefits Board. She asserts that infertility is a disease and should be treated as such rather than as a luxury. That viewpoint inspired her to create these programs and discounts.
Neal-Perry took over as chair of the UNC School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in April 15, 2020. She was named one of the 100 most inspiring Black scientists in America by the science blog Crosstalk before joining the department.
When she is not working, Neal-Perry mentors medical scholars and gives career development talks to underrepresented minorities and women about how to create opportunities for success and career advancement. Neal-Perry also contributes to the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.