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Douglas E. Peterson, D.M.D., Ph.D., FDS RCSEd

Professor of Oral Medicine, Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences
Academic Office Location:
Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-1605
Phone: 860-679-3421
Fax: 860-679-1027

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.

B.A.Colgate UniversityBiology
D.M.D.University of Pennsylvania School of Dental MedicineDental Medicine
DiplomateUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Dental MedicineOral Medicine Residency Program
Ph.D.University of Pennsylvania School of Arts & SciencesExperimental Pathology

Post-Graduate Training
ResidencyUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Dental MedicineOral Medicine

Name of Award/HonorAwarding 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

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Oral complications of nonsurgical cancer therapies: Diagnosis and treatment.
    Peterson DE and Beier Jensen S. Burket’s Oral Medicine (12th ed). 2015 Jan;pp. 201-218
  • Oral complications in immunocompromised patients: The oncology protype.
    Peterson DE The Oral-Systemic Health Connection 2014 Feb;220-237
  • New frontiers in mucositis.
    Peterson DE, Keefe DM, Sonis ST. 2012 Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book 2012 May;545-551

Conference Papers


  • World Workshop on Oral Medicine VII: Editorial.
    Kerr, Alexander Ross; Greenberg, Martin S; Hodgson, Tim; Jensen, Siri Beier; Lockhart, Peter B; Lodi, Giovanni; Peterson, Douglas E Oral diseases 2019 Jun;25 Suppl 11-7
  • Sixth World Workshop on Oral Medicine: historical context.
    Lockhart, Peter; Peterson, Douglas; Kerr, Ross; Beier Jensen, Siri; Greenberg, Martin; Lodi, Giovanni; Hodgson, Tim; Wray, David Oral surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology and oral radiology 2015 Aug;120(2):125-31
  • The new world of dental medicine and oncology
    Beier Jensen S and Peterson DE. Acta Stomatologica Croatica 2013 Nov;47199-200
  • Xerostomia--any progress?
    Peterson, Douglas E Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer 2003 Apr;11(4):199-200
  • Oral problems in supportive care: no longer an orphan topic?
    Peterson, D E Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer 2000 Sep;8(5):347-8
  • Oral infection.
    Peterson, D E Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer 1999 Jul;7(4):217-8


  • Reply to Fusco et al.
    Yarom, Noam; Peterson, Douglas E; Bohlke, Kari; Saunders, Deborah P JCO oncology practice 2020 Jan;JOP1900716