Michael Peterson, M.D., Ph.D.

Residency Training Director, Director of Hospital Psychiatric Services, Associate Professor (CHS Track)

Sleep and psychiatric disorders; bioethics and psychiatry; psychosis due to general medical conditions.

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Dr. Michael Peterson is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is the Director of Hospital Psychiatric Services at the University Hospital in Madison, with oversight of the inpatient, emergency, telepsychiatry, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and consultation-liaison services. He treats hospitalized patients with acute and complex psychiatric and general medical conditions.

Dr. Peterson earned his medical and graduate degrees in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, completed his residency and research fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After fellowship he joined the faculty at UW, and has been active in research, education, clinical care, and leadership. He is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a fellow of the Academy of Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry. He is active in state and national leadership and advocacy through the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association (WPA), the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the Association for Academic Psychiatry (AAP), and the Academy of Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry.

In addition to his clinical and leadership roles, Dr. Peterson maintains research interests in sleep and psychiatric disorders, schizophrenia and other medical causes of psychosis, and bioethics. He has published and lectured widely in these areas and is a reviewer for many psychiatric journals. He is also active in resident and medical student education and serves as the Psychiatry Department Block Leader for the School of Medicine and Public Health. In April 2021, Dr. Peterson will become the Residency Training Director for the Psychiatry Residency, overseeing resident and fellow education.


  • Consultation Liaison Psychiatry
  • Emergency Psychiatry
  • Inpatient/Acute Psychiatry
  • Interventional Psychiatry (ECT, TMS)


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