Dr. Petersen was born and raised in Burley, Idaho. His wife, Julie, is a native of Salt Lake City. They are the parents of 4 children, ages 10 to newborn. He is fluent in Spanish. Dr. Petersen has a gentle and understanding bedside manner that puts patients of all ages at ease and earns their confidence.


Pediatrics | Glaucoma | Cornea

Among Dr. Petersen’s honors and awards are the National Merit and Ezra Taft Benson scholarships at BYU, the Dr. William Ellis Award for Meritorious Research in Ophthalmology at Washington University, and the P.J. Leinfelder Award for Outstanding Research in Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa. He is a member of the Utah Ophthalmological Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.


Dr. Petersen graduated summa cum laude from Brigham Young University. He then received his M.D. degree from Washington University in St. Louis and completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa, both of which are widely recognized as top five programs in the nation. He stayed at the University of Iowa for one year after finishing his residency to complete a fellowship subspecializing in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus (eye misalignments and double vision).

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