Tom Peterson has nearly 20 years of experience in pediatric medicine. Peterson currently serves as medical director, quality, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. In this role, Peterson leads hospital wide initiatives in quality improvement, patient safety and outcomes measurement.
Peterson was previously in practice for 10 years at Michigan Medical, P.C., Michigan's largest physician organization. He also founded and served as medical director of United Lifestyles, a healthy lifestyle program at then United Memorial Health System.
Peterson is active in the community and works to reduce obesity and smoking. He is chair of Tobacco Free Partners, former chairman of Healthy Kent 2010 and on the board of directors for the American Heart Association West Michigan chapter. Peterson has spoken to more than 60,000 school-aged children on tobacco education, healthy living, nutrition and exercise. He has also given more than 200 presentations to health care professionals, health care organizations, businesses and community organizations. Peterson also serves as the team physician for East Kentwood High School.
He is a graduate of Intermountain Health Care's Advanced Training Program in Health Care Delivery Improvement. Peterson is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the Michigan State Medical Society, the Kent County Medical Society and the American College of Physician Executives.
He earned his medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean in Montserrat, British West Indies. He completed his internship and residency at St. John Hospital in Detroit.