Dr. Petersen was raised in New York and New Jersey and he served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1972 specializing in personnel management. He then graduated from New Jersey City State University and earned his medical degree at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
He completed his residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in General Surgery and at Jersey City Medical Center in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Petersen has been in private practice since 1990 and has been at his present location since 2018. He is married and has three grown children and six wonderful grandchildren.