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Published on February 24, 2020

Introducing Physician Assistant Aaron Peterson

As a firefighter and paramedic for over 10 years, Aaron Peterson always felt he could be doing more for his patients.

That desire to have more involvement in patient care led him to become a physician assistant for UNC Family Medicine at Rosewood.

“As a paramedic, you’re called at a family’s worst possible moment,” said Peterson. “After you provide emergency care, you never know what happens to those patients or what course of care they receive in the hospital.”

As a physician assistant, Peterson is able to not only play a central role in patient care but also build long-term relationships with the families who rely on him.

In his first experience as a primary care provider, Peterson said his goal will always be to listen closely to his patients to provide the best diagnosis and care possible. He is also looking forward to working with and learning from his new team in Rosewood.

“I’m interested in learning what I need to as a new provider,” said Peterson. “And, Rosewood is becoming a huge community for primary care with patients who really need it.”

Peterson brings to his role passions for both cardiology and internal medicine, driven by his background as a paramedic.

He has a Master of Health Sciences degree from the Physician Assistant Program at Duke University and a Bachelor’s from Weber State University. Originally from Utah, Peterson previously served as a firefighter, paramedic and adjunct instructor at Davis Applied Technology College in Kaysville, Utah.

In his spare time, Peterson enjoys being active, running marathons and hiking. He also enjoys spending time with his family, riding bikes, playing games outside and watching Duke basketball.

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