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.


  • Summa cum laude — Brigham Young University
  • M.D. degree — Washington University in St. Louis (top five program in the nation)
  • Ophthalmology residency — University of Iowa (top five program in the nation)
  • Fellowship sub-specializing in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus (eye misalignments and double vision) – University of Iowa for one year after completing his residency

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