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Kitt Petersen, MD

Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology)

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Kitt Petersen, MD



Dr. Petersen is Professor of Internal Medicine, Section of Endocrinology, Yale University School of Medicine, Honorary Professor of Medicine and Clinical Physiology at University of Copenhagen, Deputy Director of the Metabolic Imaging and Liver Metabolism Section at the Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Copenhagen University, Denmark.

Dr. Petersen received her bachelor’s degree from N. Zahle’s Gymnasieskole (majors: math & physics) in Copenhagen (1978) and her MD from the University of Copenhagen (1985), completed clinical training at the university hospitals, Copenhagen followed by the prestigious fellowships: Kandidat- and Seniorstipendiums for research in metabolism at the University of Copenhagen (1986-1991).

In 1990 Dr. Petersen received further fellowship and postdoctoral training at Yale University in magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy and metabolism. At Yale University School of Medicine she became Research Scientist at in 1991, Assistant Professor in 1998, Associate Professor in 2004 and Professor in 2012.

She has received prestigious awards for her clinical research, including:

  • Henry Christian Award for Excellence in Clinical Research (1997, 1998, 2004)
  • Novartis Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Clinical Research in Diabetes (2002)
  • Glaxo Smith Kline Scholar Award (2003)
  • Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award from the American Diabetes Association (2009)
  • Team Science Award, Association for Clinical and Translational Science (2016)

Dr. Petersen has published over 140 articles using stable isotopes MR spectroscopy to explore the pathogenesis of NAFLD, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance in aging, obesity, and low birth weight and the reversal of NAFLD and insulin resistance with caloric restriction or exercise.

Education & Training

  • MD
    University of Copenhagen (1985)

Professional Service

Endocrine Module, Yale School of MedicineCommittee Member2007 - Present
Aarhus UniversityMD-PhD Advisor, MD-PhD Student Workshop and Thesis Presentations, Aarhus, Denmark2005 - 2009
Yale University, School of MedicineDepartment of Cell Biology: "Obesity and the Neuro-Endocrine Axis"1999 - Present
Yale University, School of MedicineYale School of. Epidemiology and Public Health: 'Diabetes Pathophysiology and Epidemiology'1998 - 2005
Yale University, School of MedicineDepartment of Internal Medicine: Endocrine Module 'Pathophysiology of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes"1998 - 2005

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