Kitt Petersen, MD

Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology)

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)

Professional Service

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

New Haven, CT 06520-8056