Kyle Petersen, DO

Kyle Petersen, DO, Captain, Navy

Name: Kyle Petersen, DO, Captain, Navy

USU Department of Primary Appointment: 
Clerkship Site Director
Faculty Rank: 
Associate Professor
VA Hospital, Washington, DC
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1990 Bachelor of Science: Biotechnology Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts
1994 Doctor of Osteopathy University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa


Captain Petersen, an Infectious Disease specialist, is a native of Stony Brook, NY. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1990 and his medical degree from Des Moines University-College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1994. He did his internship in Internal Medicine at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia from 1994-5, followed by Undersea Medicine training at the Naval Undersea Medicine Institute in Groton, Connecticut in 1995. His first tour of duty was as an Undersea and Emergency Medicine physician at Naval Hospital Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico from 1996-8 where he served as Undersea Medicine officer for Naval Special Warfare Unit 4, Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit 2 and Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 Detachment Caribbean. He provided 24-hour emergency treatment for military and civilian divers in the island’s only hyperbaric treatment facility and also deployed with Seal Delivery Vehicle Team 2 becoming a certified submarine medical officer.

From 1998-2002 Petersen completed Internal Medicine Residency followed by Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, California. His research efforts during training included studying HIV medication adherence at NMCSD and traveler’s diarrhea during Operation Cobra Gold in Thailand. In 2002 he was assigned as Infectious Disease staff at National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, MD where his duties included Infection Control Chair, Head of travel medicine and Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee member. During his tour at NNMC he deployed on USNS Comfort (TAH-20) for the assault phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom and to Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay Cuba, and was twice recognized with teaching awards by the Internal Medicine house staff and medical students.

From 2007-11 he served at Naval Medical Research Center, Silver Spring Maryland as undersea medicine deputy department head and program manager of the Department of Defense’s wound infection program focusing on nosocomial infection of combat wounds. CAPT Petersen was selected for Senior Executive Medicine and became the first Executive Officer of U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 serving from 2011-2013. In 2013 he was selected for command and was Commanding Officer of U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6, Lima Peru from November 2013 to August 2015. He reported on board Uniformed Services University in 2015 as an associate professor of medicine and runs the 3rd year medicine clerkship at the DC VA hospital.

CAPT Petersen is a board certified specialist in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases and a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America. He is an author of numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts and abstracts. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with gold star and Navy Achievement Medal with gold star.


  • Petersen K, Riddle MS, Danko JR, Blazes DL, Hayden RD, Tasker SA, Dunne JR. Trauma related infections in battlefield casualties from Iraq. Ann. Surg. 2007; 245(5): 803-811
  • 24. Hospenthal DR, Murray CK, Andersen RC, Bell RB, Calhoun JH, Cancio LC, Cho JM, Chung KK, Clasper JC, Colyer MH, Conger NG, Costanzo GP, Crouch HK, Curry TK, D'Avignon LC, Dorlac WC, Dunne JR, Eastridge BJ, Ficke JR, Fleming ME, Forgione MA, Green AD, Hale RG, Hayes DK, Holcomb JB, Hsu JR, Kester KE, Martin GJ, Moores LE, Obremskey WT, Petersen K, Renz EM, Saffle JR, Solomkin JS, Sutter DE, Tribble DR, Wenke JC, Whitman TJ, Wiesen AR, Wortmann GW. Executive summary: Guidelines for the prevention of infec
  • Scott P, Deye G, Srinivasan A, Murray C, Moran K, Hulten E, Fishbain J, Craft D, Riddell S, Lindler L, Mancuso J, Milstrey E, Bautista CT, Patel J, Ewell A, Hamilton T, Gaddy C, Tenney M, Christopher G, Petersen K, Endy T, Petruccelli B. An Outbreak of Multi-Drug Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii-calcoaceticus complex infections in the U.S. Military Health-Care System Associated with Military Operations in Iraq. Clin Infect Dis 2007; 44(12):1577-84
  • Sebeny P, Riddle MS, Petersen K. Acinetobacter baumannii skin and soft tissue infection associated with war trauma. Clin Infect Dis 2008;47: 444-49
  • 5. Petersen K, Riddle MS, Jones LE, Furtek KJ, Christensen AR, Tasker SA, Hale BR. Use of bilirubin as a marker of adherence to Atazanavir-based antiretroviral therapy. AIDS 2005; 19(15): 1700-1702
  • Petersen K, Waterman P. Prophylaxis and Treatment of Infections Associated with Penetrating Traumatic Injury. Expert Rev. Anti Infect. Ther. 2011;9(1): 81–96
  • Petersen K, Colyer MD, Hayes DK, Hale RG, Bell RB, and the Prevention of Combat-related Infections Guidelines Panel. Prevention of infections associated with combat-related eye, maxillofacial, and neck injuries. J Trauma 2011;71:S264-S269.
  • Batchelor T, Petersen K Japanese Encephalitis: A Review of Clinical Guidelines and Vaccine Availability in Asia. Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines 2015 1:11
  • Loyola S, Gutierrez L, Horna G, Petersen K, Agapito J, Osada J, Rios P, Lescano AG, Tamariz J. Extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae in cell phones of health care workers from Peruvian Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Am J Infect Control 2016;44(8):910-6
  • Petersen K, Regis DP. Safety of Antimalarial medications for use while Scuba Diving in malaria endemic regions. Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines 2016 2:23