Douglas E. Peterson, D.M.D., Ph.D., FDS RCSEdProfessor of Oral Medicine, Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences
Dr. Peterson began his faculty career in 1976 in the Cancer Center and the Dental School of the University of Maryland, with continuation through 1989. He served as Visiting Scholar at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in 1983, and was Consultant in Oral Medicine to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1988-1994. Dr. Peterson was also associate medical staff at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Oncology Center from 1988-1991. He served as Professor and Head, Department of Oral Diagnosis, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine between 1989-2005, and again as Interim Department Head 2006-2007.
Dr. Peterson’s primary academic responsibilities throughout his career have been directed to oral management of the medically complex patient, with emphasis on oral complications in cancer patients. He has contributed to development of interprofessional models for patient care, research and health professional education in this context for more than 35 years. He has lectured extensively at the regional, national and international levels throughout this time.
Dr. Peterson is author of more than 160 peer-reviewed publications and 145 abstracts, and is editor of 2 books and co-editor of a JNCI Monograph. He has been involved in translational and clinical trial research in the oncology setting throughout his career, including serving as Principal Investigator (PI) on two multi-center, international clinical trials involving drug development for oral mucositis in cancer patients. He has also served as PI on NIH grants including R01's and R13's as well as a primary mentor via the NIH K Award program.
Dr. Peterson has been a reviewer of grant applications for the NIDCR and NCI on a frequent basis during the past 25 years, including study section chair for several panels. He is a Special Government Employee for the United States Food & Drug Administration for mucositis clinical trials, having been initially appointed 11 years ago. Dr. Peterson has also served as lead writer for the NCI’s PDQ® website Oral Complications of Chemotherapy and Head/Neck Radiation for the past 11 years, with strategic updates from 2015 to be completed in Q2 2017. He is Editor of the JNCI Monograph addressing oral complications in oncology patients and which is being prepared for publication in Q2 2017 as well.
Dr. Peterson chaired the NIH-funded Conference Oral Complications of Emerging Cancer Therapies in April 2009. He also chaired an American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Education Session in June 2012 titled “Mucosal injury in patients with cancer: Targeting the biology”. Dr. Peterson is Co-chair of ASCO’s Supportive Care Guideline Advisory Group, and is a member of ASCO's Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee as well as its Methodology Subcommittee. He is currently contributing a leadership role in developing joint oral oncology guidelines in collaboration with ASCO and the Intl Soc Oral Oncol. Dr. Peterson has been a frequent contributor to CancerCare for many years, and received CancerCare’s Physician-of-The-Year award in 2006. He has been a lead writer for mucositis guidelines for the European Society of Medical Oncology from 2007-present.
Dr. Peterson has contributed to the World Workshop on Oral Medicine series beginning in the 1990’s, with leadership roles from 2004-present. Dr. Peterson is currently Associate Editor for Dentistry and Medicine for the Journal of the American Dental Association, and is Vice President and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine. He is Region 6 Advisor for the European Association of Oral Medicine, having been elected in 2013.
In recognition of his career contributions Dr. Peterson received the FDS RCSEd Without Examination from the Royal College of Surgeons/Edinburgh in 2011. He was appointed in March 2015 to the Faculty of Examiners for the Conjoint FDS Examination in Oral Medicine, and as a Regional Dental Advisor for the College effective April 2015.
Recent UConn Health responsibilities include serving as:
Chair of Oral Medicine, Department of Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences
Chair of Scientific Review Committee, UConn Health Institutional Review Board
Co-Chair of UConn Health Conflict of Interest Committee
School of Dental Medicine representative to the Advisory Board for the Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation
School of Dental Medicine representative to the predoctoral biomedical curriculum reform committee Vertical Teams Aligned in Learning and Scholarship, as well as one of two Co-chairs of the Interprofessional Education Curriculum Committee.
Dr. Peterson is currently serving as Chair-Elect for the American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee for the 2019-2020 timeframe.
|D.M.D.||University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine||Dental Medicine|
|Diplomate||University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine||Oral Medicine Residency Program|
|Ph.D.||University of Pennsylvania School of Arts & Sciences||Experimental Pathology|
|Residency||University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine||Oral Medicine|
|Name of Award/Honor||Awarding Organization|
|Faculty Recognition Award (2018: presented annually to a UConn Health faculty member at UConn Health Commencement in recognition of academic, administrative and/or clinical excellence)||UConn Health Board of Directors|
|Distinguished Service Award (2016: inaugural year of award)||International Society of Oral Oncology|
|Invited lectures: 1st Chilean International Symposium on Oral Care in Oncology, Santiago, Chile (2015)||Chilean International Symposium on Oral Care in Oncology|
|Chair, Am Soc Clin Oncol Annual Meeting Education Session (2012)||American Society of Clinical Oncology|
|ADEA Gies Foundation/AADR Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program (Faculty mentor). Dr. Peterson’s national role in interprofessional education was highlighted at the Opening Session of the 2011 Am Dent Educ Assoc annual meeting. (2011)||American Dental Education Association|
|Fellowship in Dental Surgery without Examination (2011)||Royal College of Surgeons/Edinburgh|
|Honorary Chair, Scientific Committee. 2nd Congress of the Hellenic Association of Supportive Care of the Oral Cavity in Cancer, Athens, Greece (2010)||Hellenic Association of Supportive Care of the Oral Cavity in Cancer|
|Invited honorary lecture: EAOM Conference "Honouring the Past-Building for the Future" (2010)||European Association of Oral Medicine|
|Invited Prestige Seminar: "Meet the Oncology Expert" (2009)||Jules Bordet Institute, Brussels, Belgium|
|Distinguished Achievement Award (2008)||Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer|
|Invited keynote lecture: Israeli Society of Oral Medicine international conference (2008)||Israeli Society of Oral Medicine|
|Cancer Physician of the Year Award (2006)||CancerCare|
|Visiting Professor (2006)||Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Samuel C. Miller Award for significant contribution to the art and science of oral medicine (highest academic award of the Academy) (2004)||American Academy of Oral Medicine|
|Visiting Professor (2001)||King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Saudi Arabia|
|Gigliotti Memorial Award for Excellence in Dental Education (1989)||Univ. of Maryland Dental School|
|OKU Honorary Scholastic Dental Society (1980)||Omicron Kappa Upsilon|
|PHS Training Grant #DE-281, Clinical Specialty (Oral Medicine) & Ph.D. (Experimental Pathology) (1972)||National Institutes of Health|
|Fellowship in Biology: Predoctoral Research Associate (1971)||National Institutes of Health|
|Fellowship in Biology, Predoctoral Research Associate (1970)||National Institutes of Health|