Phillip K. Peterson, M.D. is professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he served as an infectious diseases specialist for four decades. He is a former director of the Infectious Diseases and International Medicine Division in the Department of Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Medicine and of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. In 2011, Peterson was awarded the Gold Award for Distinguished Achievement in Research by his alma mater, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.