Dr. Charles S. Peterson loves everything about sports medicine. From patient care to game coverage to traveling with teams, he has found his life’s professional calling. It’s made all the better by working with the best sports physicians and surgeons in Arizona and being part of the ASMC family.
Dr. Peterson is board certified in sports medicine and family medicine. His professional interests include sports medicine, ultrasound-guided injections and diagnostic ultrasound, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections, percutaneous tenotomy (TENEX), orthotripsy, fracture care, sports injuries, overuse injuries, hip injections, care of young athletes, rock-climbing injuries, endurance athlete care, team and event coverage, wilderness and travel medicine, and international/disaster medicine.
Personally, Dr. Peterson’s greatest joy in life is his family. He and his wife, Gayla, have five children: four boys and a daughter. Their oldest, Josh, is serving a two-year mission in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
A graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in honors history, Dr. Peterson attended Northwestern University in Chicago for medical school, earning his M.D. in 1998. He completed his residency in family medicine at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale in 2001, and then did a fellowship in sports medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Sports and Community Involvement
In 2002 Dr. Peterson entered private practice in Arizona, and in 2004 he, along with Drs. Waslewski and Freedberg, founded Arizona Sports Medicine Center. Dr. Peterson is a team physician for the Chicago Cubs, the US Ski Team, and Mountain View High School. Every year he travels with the US Moguls Ski Team for World Cup competition. Locally, he has served as medical director for the Phoenix Marathon, and is a board member of the Mesa United Way.
Recently, Dr. Peterson has combined two of his passions: sports medicine and Haiti. His involvement in Haiti began when he served as a missionary from 1988 to 1990. It’s continued over the years and through more than a dozen trips, including after the 2010 earthquake.
Dr. Peterson was pleased to be part of a delegation from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, which helped put on Haiti’s first international sports medicine conference, in conjunction with the Haitian Sports Medicine Society and the Haitian Olympic Committee, headed by Dr. Hans Larsen. The July 2013 conference involved 300 medical professionals and spanned a variety of topics. In addition to the educational elements, networking has opened possibilities for future conferences, with plans to bring arthroscopy to Haiti and to get involved with Haiti’s cycling club and the Tour of Hispaniola.