Kitt Falk Petersen, MD

Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology); Professor (Adjunct) Aarhus University, Denmark; Honorary Professor of Medicine and Clinical Physiology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Deputy Director of Section for Metabolic Imaging and Liver Metabolism, The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, University of Copenhagen

Departments & Organizations

Internal Medicine: Diabetes Research Center | Endocrinology: Fellowship Training | Liver Center

Yale Center for Research on Aging (Y-Age)

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Petersen is Professor of Internal Medicine (endocrinology/metabolism) at Yale University School of Medicine and Professor (Adjunct) of Health Sciences at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Dr. Petersen graduated from N. Zahle’s Gymnasieskole (majors: maths & physics) in Copenhagen and received her MD from the University of Copenhagen (1985). She did her clinical training at Rigshospitalet (Copenhagen, Denmark) followed by the prestigious scholar and fellowships: Kandidatstipendium and a Seniorstipendium for research in metabolism at the Biochemical Institute at the University of Copenhagen and the Section of Hepatology, Rigshospitalet.

Dr. Petersen received further fellowship and postdoctoral training at Yale University in magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy and metabolism. She became Research Scientist at Yale University School of Medicine in 1991, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine in 1998, Associate Professor in 2004 and Professor in 2012. In 2005 she became Professor (Adjunct) of Health Sciences at Aarhus University, and in 2010 Professor (Adjunct) of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark and in 2011 Professor of Medicine and Clinical Physiology at UNiversity of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Dr. Petersen has published over 90 articles using MR spectroscopy to explore the pathogenesis of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

She is the recipient of numerous 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).

Dr. Petersen is a member of the American Physiological Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Diabetes Association, The European Association for the Study of Diabetes, the Danish Association for the Study of the Liver and other professional organizations.

Education & Training

MD University of Copenhagen (1985)
BS Nathalie Zahle’s Gymnasium Copenhagen, Math/Physics (1978)
Internship /Residency Rigshospitalet, Hvidovre and Frederiksberg Hospitals

Honors & Recognition

  • Team Science AwardAssociation for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) (2016)

  • A) International/National/Regional 2009-14 American Diabetes Association, Distinguished Clinical Investigator Award 2004 Aarhus University, Denmark, Adjunct Professor of Health Sciences 2004 Henry Christian Award for Excellence in Research, American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR) 2003 American Federation for Medical Research, Junior Physician-Investigator Award 2003 Glaxo-Smith-Kline Scholar Award 2002 Novartis Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Clinical Research in Diabetes 2000-05 NIH K23 Award (Clinical Oriented Research Career Award) 2000-03 American Diabetes Association (ADA) Clinical Research Award 1999 National General Clinical Research Center Meeting, Baltimore, MD, CAP/MCAP Abstract Award 1998 Henry Christian Award for Excellence in Research, AFMR 1997 Henry Christian Award for Excellence in Research, AFMR B) Yale University/School of Medicine 2004 Honors for Outstanding Thesis: Rina Garcia, Medical Student: ”Impaired Mitochondrial Activity in Insulin Resistant Offspring of Type 2 Diabetics.” 2004 The Endocrine Society, Rina Garcia, Medical Student Achievement Award 1995 Diabetes Endocrine Research Center (DERC), Yale University, Pilot Grant 1993 Liver Center, Yale School of Medicine, Pilot Grant

Professional Service

  • EASD 51st Annual Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden,Chairman: OP 14 The interplay between liver fat and insulin action (2015) Chairperson

  • ADA 72nd Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, Metabolism (In Vivo) (2011) Member

  • ADA 70th Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, Integrated Physiology and Obesity (2010) Member

  • ADA Abstract Review Committee (2010 - Present) Committee Member

  • Keystone Symposium: Type 2 Diabetes, Banff, Alberta,Canada (2009) Lead

  • ADA 69th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Integrated Physiology in vivo in humans (2009) Member

  • Scientific Advisory Board, UNIK, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (2009) Chairperson

  • INSERM grant review panel (Programme National de Recherche sur le Diabetes) (2008) Member

  • ADA 68th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Exercise Physiology (2008) Member

  • Advisor/Panel Member of The Revision of Research/Scholar Education Program, Health Sciences (Endocrinology), Aarhus University, Denmark (2008) Member

  • Danish Medical Research Council panel (2007) Member

  • Scientific Advisory Board, FP7 Network on Signal Transduction/Energy Homeostasis, Switzerland (2007) Member

  • Advisory Board, Amgen Clinical Development (2007) Member

  • Editorial Board, Obesity (2007 - Present) Board Member

  • Danish Medical Council, Excellence Program Committee, grant review (2006) Member

  • National Specialty Advisory Board Nephrology, Novartis Pharmaceuticals (2006) Member

  • National Diabetes Advisory Panel, Novartis Pharmaceuticals (2006) Member

  • Editorial Board, Endocrinology (2006 - Present) Board Member

  • ADA Grant Review Panel (2005 - Present) Member

  • Editorial Board, Diabetes (2005 - Present) Board Member

  • American Diabetes Association, San Francisco, Chairman: Workshop on Insulin Resistance. (2002) Member

  • International Advisory Board, Novo-Nordisk A/S (2001) Member

  • Editorial Board, American Journal of Physiology (2001 - Present) Board Member

  • 2007- Co-Director, Endocrine Module, Yale School of Medicine 2005- MD-PhD Advisor, MD-PhD Student Workshop and Thesis Presentations, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark 1998- Department of Internal Medicine: Endocrine Module ‘Pathophysiology of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes’, Yale School of Medicine 1999- Department of Cell Biology: ‘Obesity and the Neuro-endocrine Axis’ Yale School of Medicine 1998- Yale School of Epidemiology and Public Health: ‘Diabetes Pathophysiology and Epidemiology’


  • Low Birth Weight Aarhus, Denmark (2004)

    Adjunct Professor

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Contact Info

Kitt Falk Petersen, MD
Mailing Address
Internal MedicinePO Box 208056
333 Cedar Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8056