J. Kenneth Petersen, MD (pictured right, receiving award from Jon Almquist, MD) is a pediatrician with a long-standing passion for helping American Indian and Alaska Native children.
Dr. Petersen has
served Native American children for over 30 years, starting on the Ft.
Peck Indian Reservation. He pursued training to return to the Indian Health
Service as a pediatrician. He was chief of pediatrics and medical director
of the Alaska Native Medical Center and then researcher and chief of epidemiology
with CDC's Arctic Investigations Program (AIP) concentrating on infectious
diseases of Alaska Native children. He served as Senior Clinician in Pediatrics
for the Indian Health Service from 1989 to 1996. Following retirement
he has volunteered with the polio eradication program in Pakistan and
with CDC/AIP, focusing on Alaska Native children.