Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Alan Peterson, MD, FACS
MD A native of Ludington, Mich., Alan C. Peterson, MD, joined Lutheran Medical Group in January 2011 when his former group, Indiana Ohio Heart, joined LMG. Dr. Peterson joined IOH in 1982 and assisted in the development of northeastern Indiana's cardiac surgery and transplant programs. Prior to that, he served as assistant professor of thoracic surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center and as chief of cardiothoracic surgery at the Ann Arbor Veterans' Administration Medical Center. He also served as the senior registrar in cardiothoracic surgery at Great Ormand Street Hospital for Sick Children in London.
Dr. Peterson earned an undergraduate degree with Phi Beta Kappa honors from the University of Michigan, and he earned a medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was elected a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed general and thoracic surgery residencies at the University of Michigan Medical Center.
In 1986, Dr. Peterson was one of 15 investigators worldwide in the experimental Jarvik-7 artificial heart program, and he was on the team that implanted northern Indiana's first artificial heart in 1987. Today, he serves as the principal physician consultant for the artificial heart program at Lutheran Hospital.
Dr. Peterson is a diplomate of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and he is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians. He is a member of the John Alexander Society, the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Indiana Thoracic Society, the Indiana State Medical Association and the Fort Wayne Medical Society.
Dr. Peterson is a member of the Lutheran Hospital advisory board. He is a past member of the Lutheran Hospital medical executive committee and the Lutheran Foundation and the Fort Wayne Medical Society boards of directors.