COL Wylan Peterson received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Six- Year School of Medicine. Following medical school, he completed a General Surgery residency at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
COL Peterson is also fellowship trained in Burn, Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery and maintains an active clinical and teaching practice as a staff surgeon and intensivist at Brooke Army Medical Center. Prior to becoming Deputy Commander of Surgical Services at Brooke Army Medical Center and the Surgeon-in-Chief for the San Antonio Market, COL Peterson served as the Chief of Surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center. During the pandemic, he led Brooke Army Medical Center’s Surgical Care Line Team and implemented strategies to maintain access to care while ensuring the safety of staff and patients. Before he assumed the role of Chief of Surgery, COL Peterson served as Deputy Chief of Surgery and led the Surgical and Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Brooke Army Medical Center. At the Army Burn Center, he served as Deputy Chief of Burn Surgery and Chief of the Burn Flight Team. Before his tenure at Brooke Army Medical Center, COL Peterson served in Korea as a staff surgeon at the 121st Combat Support Hospital/Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital as well as a member of the 135th Forward Surgical Team. COL Peterson also serves as the inaugural Chair of the Critical Care Clinical Community for the Defense Health Agency. In this role, he leads the standardization of critical care, trauma and emergency medicine
services across the military health system. COL Peterson serves as a research investigator for several clinical projects and is an active member of the American College of Surgeons and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
COL Peterson’s deployments include FOB Fenty, Jalalabad, Afghanistan; Camp Dahlke, Afghanistan; Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar; and the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Hospital, Iraq. His key military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency Designator, and the Army Commendation Medal with Valor.