Dr. Peterson became a certified physician in Sweden in 1958 and was awarded a doctorate in Medicine in 1967. He was an opthalmology fellow at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm University, and was appointed to faculty positions in Opthalmology and Medical Informatics at the Karolinska in the late 1970’s.
At the time of his election to the College Dr. Peterson was an internationally prominent and prolific author, with more than 100 published papers. He served as editor for textbooks on Communication Networks in Health Care and Human-Computer Communications in Health Care. He has served on the editorial boards of a number of journals, including Methods in Information in Medicine, Medical Informatics, Lecture notes in Medical Informatics, and the Journal of Clinical Computing. He has served on numerous government committees in Sweden, helping to create legislation for patient records and the creation of national information structures for health care.
Dr. Peterson was named an honorary fellow of the European Federation for Medical Informatics and a fellow of the International Medical Informatics Association. He also served as President of IMIA from 1983 through 1986. His election as an International Associate of the College recognizes these sustained achievements.