Rebecca P. Petersen M.D., M.Sc., F.A.C.S.

Rebecca P. Petersen M.D., M.Sc., F.A.C.S.
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  • Esophageal and Gastric Cancer
  • Hernia
  • Surgery


Dr. Petersen is a board certified general surgeon who specializes in advanced minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery.  Her main clinical interest is in the evaluation and management of complex abdominal wall hernias, in addition to inguinal, femoral, umbilical, sport’s and hiatal hernias. She has been practicing at the UW Medicine Hernia Center since its inception and is the Associate Program Director at Northwest Hospital for the General Surgery Residency Program.    

Dr. Petersen received her medical degree from the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and her master’s of science degree in epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.  She completed her internship and residency training in general surgery at Duke University Medical Center.  She then completed a two-year advanced minimally invasive surgery fellowship at the Center for Videoendoscopic Surgery at the University of Washington. 

Patient Care Philosophy

I believe in establishing a partnership with my patients, such that I strive to inform my patients about both the medical and surgical aspects of their disease and work with them to better understand what can be expected from surgery. I feel it is critical to listen to my patients' concerns and feelings and to incorporate the entire person into the decision-making process regarding surgery.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Petersen's clinical interests include:  complex, multiple recurrent abdominal wall hernia repair & reconstruction; inguinal hernias; femoral hernias; umbilical hernias; sport’s hernias; all gastrointestinal disorders requiring advanced laparoscopy.

Research Interests


Institution Credential Year
UW - Dept. of Surgery Fellowship
Oregon Health & Science University Medical education 2002
Harvard School of Public Health Master 2000
Duke University Medical Center Internship
Duke University Medical Center Residency
Duke University Medical Center Fellowship

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Surgery General Surgery 2012