Kyle Petersen


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
Sanford Chair in Tropical Medicine
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
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Bachelor of Science: Biotechnology Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts
Doctor of Osteopathy University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa
Internal Medicine Internship Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA
Undersea Medical Officer Certification Naval Undersea Medicine Institute, Groton, CT
Internal Medicine Residency Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA
Infectious Disease Fellowship Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA


Dr. Kyle Petersen is an Infectious Diseases Specialist and Navy veteran. He currently serves as Sanford Chair in Tropical Medicine in the Department of Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). Originally from Stony Brook, NY, Dr. Petersen received his Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Petersen completed Internal Medicine internship at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA, followed by training at the Naval Undersea Medicine Institute. His first tour of duty was in Undersea & Emergency Medicine at Naval Hospital Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico where he was the physician for Naval Special Warfare Unit 4, Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit 2 and Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 Detachment Caribbean. He supported the island’s only hyperbaric treatment facility and also deployed with Seal Delivery Vehicle Team 2 becoming a certified submarine medical officer. Dr. Petersen completed Internal Medicine Residency followed by Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA. Subsequent assignments included: Staff physician at National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, MD where his duties included infection control chairman, head of travel medicine, and pharmacy and therapeutics committee member ; Principal investigator in hyperbaric medicine at Naval Medical Research Center, Silver Spring MD, where he also founded and managed the Department of Defense’s wound infection program; Executive and Commanding Officer of U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 Lima, Peru, a 300-employee lab for tropical medicine research and epidemiology; Clerkship site director for Internal Medicine at the Washington DC VAMC and IRB chair of the USU Infectious Diseases IRB. He retired as a Navy Captain after 24 years of service. Dr Petersen comes to USU from Peace Corps where he was the Director of Epidemiology and Surveillance, providing infectious disease consultation, fitness for duty screening, healthcare data management, preventive medicine, and outbreak investigation for 7000 Volunteers in 60 countries.
Dr. Petersen is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Disease Society of America and is certified in Travel Health by the International Society of Travel Medicine. Dr. Petersen is author of over 30 manuscripts in the field of Infectious Diseases. His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star. He has previously been featured in the LA Times, Forbes Magazine, the Washington Post, and was named one of the 32 top travel medicine providers by Condé Nast Traveler. Dr. Petersen’s research interests include Elearning, medication adherence, wound infection, and hyperbaric medicine.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

James J Leonard Award for Excellence in Teaching Internal Medicine, (ward attending) for third year clerkships 2003-4

Navy Chapter, American College of Physicians. Staff Teacher of the Year Award, National Naval Medical Center 2005

Class Honor Graduate Undersea Medicine Officer Class 72: Naval Undersea Medical Institute, Groton CT 1995

Hospital Ship USNS COMFORT TAH-20 assault phase, Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003

Ebola Virus Contingency Assessment Peace Corps Uganda & Rwanda 2018

New Country Medical Assessment Peace Corps Solomon Islands 2019


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

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

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