Portrait of Brett Perkison

William Brett Perkison

Fellow in Enviromental Health


William “Brett” Perkison, M.D., MPH, FACOEM, is the fellow in environmental health at the Baker Institute. He is an assistant professor at UTHealth School of Public Health in Houston, where he directs the occupational and environmental medicine residency program. He is actively involved in research projects primarily in the areas of disaster response and diabetes prevention.

His current work includes developing a disaster response e-learning tool, intended for construction workers deployed to communities affected by hurricanes and flooding, that provides both health and safety education as well as logistical and security support. He is also developing an educational curriculum for health care providers to aid them in recognizing patients at risk for health effects associated with climate change. His research in diabetes prevention has been aimed at developing innovations to increase attendance and success in diabetes prevention programs.

Prior to joining the UT faculty, he gained extensive experience managing occupational health services in both the energy and health care industries. He has also helped lead disaster response efforts in the Houston area for numerous flooding events, including hurricanes Katrina, Ike and Harvey.  

Perkison received his medical degree at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and completed residencies in family medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and occupational and environmental medicine at UTHealth School of Public Health.

Contact him at william.b.perkison@uth.tmc.edu or (713) 500-9468.