Kirk L. Peterson, M.D, is a Professor of Medicine, Director of the Seaweed Canyon Physiology Laboratory and Deputy Dean at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.
Dr. Peterson was the Associate Director (1996-2005) and now the Director (2005-present) of the Seaweed Canyon Research Laboratory. Although always active as a clinical cardiologist, Dr. Peterson has also allocated a significant amount of his full-time academic career to the field of cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology. His laboratory, today, focuses primarily on defining the hemodynamic and electrophysiologic abnormalities associated with small animal transgenesis and gene deletion.
Dr. Peterson received his medical degree from the Cornell University Medical College in New York, and completed residency at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center in New York, and fellowship at Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Peterson has been with the University of California, San Diego for more than 45 years and is an expert in myocardial failure, valvular heart disease, and coronary atherosclerotic disease.
Dr. Peterson's latest research interests focus primarily on mechanisms of myocardial dysfunction, their quantification, and new modalities of therapy for heart failure. He has authored over 130 publication related to cardiovascular research.