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Linda R. Peterson, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASE

Professor of Medicine and Radiology



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  • B.S. Biology: Georgetown University, Washington, DC (1986)
  • M.D.: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO (1990)
  • Internship, Medicine: Washington University, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO (1991)
  • Residency, Medicine: Washington University, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO (1993-1995)
  • Fellowship, Cardiology: Washington University, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO (1996-2000)

Board Certifications

  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Echocardiology



Magna Cum Laude, Georgetown University
Francis Graham Medal of Academic and Athletic Achievement, Georgetown University


Washington University Resident Teaching Award
Winner, Syntex/Medicine award for excellence in clinical practice


Knowlton ‘Incentive for Excellence’ Award, Internal Medicine Program, Washington University School of Medicine


Winner, First American Society of Nuclear Medicine/Amerscham Award


Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society


Washington U. Medical Center Alumni Association “Distinguished Alumni Scholarship Honoree”


Academic Women’s Network “Mentoring Award,” Washington U. School of Medicine

Clinical Interests

2D-echocardiography. tissue Doppler and strain rate analysis. I am also interested in peak oxygen consumption testing and its application to prediction of prognosis in patients with heart failure.

Research Interests

Because obesity is a national epidemic and contributes to between 11 and 14% of all cases of heart failure, I am dedicated to investigating the causes of obesity-related cardiac dysfunction. In particular, I am interested in what role alterations in myocardial metabolism play in the development of cardiac dysfunction and/or the adaptation of the heart to new conditions. My work is translational and conducted in humans subjects. I use multiple different imaging and metabolic techniques to quantify the myocardial alterations seen in obesity and heart failure. Chief among these are positron emission tomography, echocardiography, magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and whole body substrate kinetics. My most recent research has focused on the role of dietary nitrates in exercise performance in patients with heart failure.


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