Biography & Expertise
Dr. Peters is Professor and Chair of the LSU School of Public Health’s Epidemiology Program and an Epidemiologist with the Louisiana Tumor Registry. In addition, he established and directs the School’s Epidemiology Data Center, a service core that provides epidemiologic and survey research infrastructure to investigators throughout the region. Dr. Peters has been at the LSU School of Public Health and the Louisiana Cancer Research Center since 2004 when he was recruited to help expand the cancer epidemiology research program. Since 2005 he has led the development of the MPH and PhD programs in Epidemiology.
Dr. Peters received a BA in Biology from Clark University in 1985 and a DMD from the University of Connecticut School of Dentistry in 1990. He completed a residency in General Dentistry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 1991 and a Clinical Fellowship in Oral Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Peters earned a SM in Health Policy and Management and a ScD in Epidemiology from Harvard University School of Public Health. During his joint appointments at the Brigham and the Farber, Dr. Peters held major administrative responsibilities as an Assistant Chief for Research, Director of General Dentistry Residency and as Chief, Division of Oral Medicine and Dentistry.
In 2004, He was recruited to the newly established Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium and the LSU School of Public Health in New Orleans. Dr. Peters’ research interests focus on using classic and molecular epidemiologic tools to examine molecular and biologic heterogeneity and susceptibility of chronic diseases. More recently this research has begun including aspects of social epidemiology to examine how the effects of social determinants of health influence disparate disease outcomes through a transdisciplinary perspective. He is the Co-PI of the Women’s and Their Children’s Health Study that was established to examine the health effects from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. He has active research projects in oral, ovarian, and prostate cancer. In addition, through his work in the Louisiana Tumor Registry he works on efforts to improve cancer surveillance for HPV related cancers.