Josh Peterson

Josh Peterson, MD, MPH serves as a Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine in the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the Director of the Center for Precision Medicine, and the Vice-President for Personalized Medicine.

Dr. Peterson is an internationally recognized researcher and educator in Biomedical Informatics and maintains an Internal Medicine practice at VUMC.  He has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts, reviews, and book chapters.  Dr. Peterson’s research interests are in precision medicine with a focus on clinical decision support to improve drug safety and efficacy, and the translation of genomic technologies to routine clinical care.

He has led the design and implementation of multiple clinical decision support systems oriented towards geriatric patients, the critically ill, patients with acute and chronic kidney disease, and most recently for patients tested within a large pharmacogenomics implementation – PREDICT.  He currently serves as a principal investigator for an NIH funded project to simulate the clinical impact and cost-effectiveness of performing sequencing across large populations over their lifetime. He is also active within a variety of NIH sponsored research consortia including, eMERGE where he leads the Coordinating Center, and IGNITE where he is principal investigator of the I3P clinical sites recruiting for Genomic Medicine randomized clinical trials. Dr. Peterson was the founding Program Director for the Masters of Applied Clinical Informatics (MSACI) program, which trains physicians and other health professionals in the field of Clinical Informatics. He currently directs the Vanderbilt Genomic Medicine training program.

Dr. Peterson received his medical degree through the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1997 and completed an Internal Medicine residency at Duke University Medical Center, a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a Masters of Public Health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health.