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Cardiovascular Imaging Laboratory (CVIL)

Linda Peterson, M.D.


Current Position

Associate Professor of Medicine and Radiology


Contact Information

Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Campus Box 8086
660 S. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 362-4577


Research Interests

Myocardial and skeletal metabolism, structure, and function.



Bachelor's of Science, Magna Cum Laude, Georgetown University, Washington DC
M.D., Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO


Honors and Awards

  • 1982: Valedictorian, Appleton High School-West
  • 1986: Francis Graham Medal of Academic and Athletic Achievement, Georgetown University
  • 1993: Washington University Resident Teaching Award
  • 1993: Winner, Missouri Chapter of the American College of Physicians Poster Contest
  • 1993: Winner, National American College of Physicians Poster Contest
  • 1993: Syntex/Medicine Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice
  • 1994: Knowlton 'Incentive for Excellence' Award, Internal Medicine Program, Washington University School of Medicine
  • 1997: Winner, First American Society of Nuclear Medicine/Amerscham Award
  • 2012: Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society - Membership #7-A-2013-173653
  • 2013: Washington University Alumni Association "Distinguished Alumni Scholarship Honoree"
  • 2014: Academic Women's Network "Mentoring Award", Washington University School of Medicine


Disclosure of Financial Interest with Industry

None relevant to research.



Editorial Board Member - Circulation, Journal of Women's Health, Journal of the Cardiometabolic Syndrome, Frontiers in Fatty Acid and Lipid Physiology, Cardiorenal Syndrome.


Key Publications

  1. Peterson LR, Waggoner AD, Schechtman KB, Meyer T, Gropler RJ, Barzilai B, Davila-Roman VG. "Alterations in Left Ventricular Structure and Function in Young Healthy Obese Women: Assessment by Echocardiography and Tissue Doppler Imaging." J Am Coll Cardiol 2004; 43:1399-1404.
  2. Peterson LR, Herrero P, Schechtman KB, Racette S, Waggoner AD, Kisrieva-Ware Z, Dence C, Klein S, Klein S, Marsala J, Meyer T, Gropler RJ. "Effect of Obesity and Insulin Resistance on Myocardial Substrate Metabolism and Efficiency in Young Women." Circulation, 2004; 109:2191-6.
  3. Peterson LR, Soto PF, Herrero P, Schechtman KB, Mohammed BS, Avidan M, Dence C, Delano DA, Baumstark J, Gropler RJ. "Sex Differences in Human Myocardial Glucose and Oxygen Metabolism." J Nucl Cardiol, 2007; 14:573-81. PMCID: PMC203452.
  4. Peterson LR, Herrero P, McGill J, Schechtman KB, Kisrieva-Ware Z, Lesniak D, Gropler RJ. "Fatty Acids and Insulin Modulate Myocardial Substrate Utilization in Humans with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus." Diabetes, 2008; 57:32-40.
  5. O'Connor RD, Gropler RJ, Peterson LR, Schaffer J, Ackerman J. "Limits of a Localized Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Assay for Ex Vivo Myocardial Triacylglycerol." J Pharm Biomed Anal, 2007; 45:382-9.
  6. Peterson LR, Soto PF, Herrero P, Mohammed BS, Avidan M, Dence C, Gropler RJ. "Impact of Gender on the Myocardial Metabolic Response to Obesity." J Am Coll of Cardiol Img, 2008; 1:424-433. PMCID: PMC2982260.
  7. Lin CH, Kurup S, Herrero P, Schechtman KB, Eagon JC, Klein S, Dorn GW II, Gropler RJ, Waggoner AD, Peterson LR. "Myocardial Oxygen Consumption Change Predicts Left Ventricular Relaxation Improvement in Obese Humans After Weight Loss." Obesity, 2011; 19:1804-12. PMCID: PMC3398694.
  8. McGill JB, Peterson LR, Herrero P, Saeed IM, Recklein C, Coggan AR, DeMoss AJ, Schechtman KB, Dence CS, Gropler RJ. "Potentiation of Abnormalities in Myocardial Metabolism with the Development of Diabetes in Women with Obesity and Insulin Resistance." J Nucl Med, 2011; 18(3):421-9. PMID: PMC21516378.
  9. Peterson LR, Saeed IM, McGill JB, Herrero P, Schechtman KB, Gunawaradena R, Recklein C, Coggan AR, DeMoss AJ, Dence CS, Jamal A, Gropler RJ. "Sex and Type 2 Diabetes: Obesity-Independent Effects on Left Ventricular Substrate Metabolism and Relaxation in Humans." Obesity, 2011; 19:1804-12. PMCID: PMC3314727.
  10. Cade WT, Reeds DN, Overton ET, Herrero P, Waggoner AD, Davila-Roman VG, Lassa-Clapton S, Gropler RJ, Soto PF, Krauss MJ, Yarasheski KE, Peterson LR. "Effects of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Metabolic Complications on Myocardial Nutrient Metabolism, Blood Flow, and Oxygen Consumption: A Cross-Sectional Analysis." Cardiovasc Diabetol, 2011; 10:1-12. PMID: 22151886.
  11. Zheng J, Coggan Ar, An J, Zhang X, Bashir A, Muccigrosso D, Peterson LR, Gropler RJ. "MR Skeletal Muscle Oximetry." Magn Res Med, 2013 Feb 19 (epub ahead of print).
  12. Lyons MR, Peterson LR, McGill JB, Herrero P, Coggan AR, Saeed IM, Recklein C, Schechtman KB, Gropler RJ. "Impact of Sex on the Heart's Metabolic and Functional Responses to Diabetic Therapies." Am J Physiol, 2013; 305(11):H1584-91.