Paul E, Petersen
Paul E. Petersen, PharmD, is the Director of the Tennessee Department of Health’s Emergency Preparedness Program and the Interim Director for the Vaccine-Preventable Diseases and Immunization Program. Dr. Petersen serves as lead in Tennessee’s response to all public health and medical emergencies. Tennessee has experienced a wide range of threats and public health emergencies requiring decisive action by program staff, health care coalitions, and other response partners.
Originally from California, he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2001. Dr. Petersen completed his PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville where he also served as the Clinical Operating Room Pharmacist prior to his move to state government in 2005. He serves on various national preparedness policy committees including work with the National Academies, National Emergency Management Association, and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. He currently serves the National Chair for the Directors of Public Health Preparedness. He is also an active member of several professional public health and pharmacy associations. And in his free time is pursuing a Master in Public Health from East Tennessee State University in Public Health Administration.