Wendy Peterson, MD, FACS


Dr. Peterson was raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, followed by her medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha. After earning her medical degree, Dr. Peterson completed a general surgery residency at the University of California San Francisco-Fresno.

With her father being a plastic surgeon, Dr. Peterson was exposed to surgery from an early age. Becoming a surgeon herself was something she always had interest in and the pursuit was a natural progression for her. In fact, she got the chance to operate alongside her father during her medical school training. 

Surgery can be a scary time for both the patient and the family. As such, Dr. Peterson’s philosophy is simple, “I treat every patient as if they were my own family member.”

While Dr. Peterson is trained in all areas of general surgery, her areas of clinical interest include:

  • Endocrine surgery (thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands)

  • Hernia and abdominal wall reconstruction

  • Alimentary tract (small bowel and colon)

  • Minimally invasive and robotic surgery

When she is not at work, Dr. Peterson enjoys spending time with her husband and two children as well as outdoor activities such as running, snowboarding and mountain biking.

SCL Health Digital Team