Phillip K. Peterson, MD

Professor of Medicine and Distinguished International (Emeritus), Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine

Phillip K. Peterson

Contact Info

Mailing Address:
Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 250
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
IDIM

Administrative Phone
612-624-9996

Administrative Email
zuhar001@umn.edu

Administrative Fax Number
612-625-4410

Professor of Medicine and Distinguished International (Emeritus), Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine


Medical School, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY

Internal Medicine Residency, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY

Infectious Diseases Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

BS, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

Summary

After graduating from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completing his Internal Medicine Residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in NYC, Dr. Peterson came to the University of Minnesota (U of M) in 1975 for an Infectious Diseases Fellowship. He joined the Internal Medicine faculty in 1977 and is currently Professor Emeritus, as well as Distinguished International Professor and Adjunct Professor of Public Health and of Veterinary Medicine. He was the director of the Infectious Diseases Division at Hennepin County Medical Center from 1984-2005 and director of the Infectious Diseases and International Medicine Division at the University from 2002-2010. His abiding research interest has been in host defenses, especially of the nervous system. He was the founding director of the International Medical Education and Research Program in the Medical School in 1998 and remains actively involved in the global health programs at the U of M. He also continues to participate in programs related to Emerging Infections and to the U of M One Health, Once Science, One World Program.

Expertise

  • Neuroimmunology
  • Emerging Infections
  • Global Health

Awards & Recognition

  • Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude - St. Olaf College
  • Roche Award, Harold Lee Meierhoff Memorial Award, Alpha Omega Alpha, Janeway Prize - Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Bristol Fellowship in Infectious Diseases (1975-1976)
  • John Wybran Award (1999)
  • Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology Distinguished Service Award (2007)
  • Medicine doctor honoris causa, Karolinska Institute (2008)
  • University of Minnesota Award for Global Engagement (2008)
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Gold Award for Distinguished Achievements in Medical Research (2011)
  • Society on Neuroimmune Pharmacology Herman Friedman Founders Award (2013)

Research

Research Summary/Interests

  • Neuroimmunology
  • Host Defense
  • Antibiotic Management Team

Publications

  • Crossley KB, Peterson PK. Infections in the elderly. In: Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 8th Edition. JE Bennett, R Dolin, M Blaser. Philadelphia: Elsevier, In Press
  • Peterson PK, Toborek M, eds. Neuroinflammation and Neurodegeneration. Springer, In Press (2013)
  • Peterson PK Get Inside Your Doctor’s Head: Ten Commonsense Rules for Making Better Decisions about Medical Care. Johns Hopkins University Press, In Press (2013)
  • Peterson PK Drugs of abuse and the immune system in perspective. J Neuroimmun Pharmacol 2011:6:439

Teaching

Academic Interests and Focus

Global Health; Patient-Centered Care