Marcus L. Peterson was born in Kansas, the second of ten children. His father was in the United States Air Force, which meant a lot of moving for his large family. At age 12, while the family was living in California, Marcus had a church leader who was a physician. He became a great mentor to Marcus, who decided to follow in his footsteps.
Marcus’ family settled in Utah, where he graduated from high school. He then served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil. Upon returning, Marcus attended Brigham Young University where he majored in microbiology and married his wife. Following graduation, Marcus was commissioned into the United States Air Force and attended medical school in Bethesda, Maryland at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine. After graduating from medical school, the family moved to San Antonio, Texas to complete Dr. Peterson’s five-year residency in General Surgery. Dr. Peterson was then transferred Shreveport, Louisiana, where he was a practicing general surgeon and Chief of Surgical Services for four years.
In 1995, the family moved back to San Antonio, Texas, where Dr. Peterson completed his three-year Plastic Surgery Residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center. Following his residency, the family was transferred to Las Vegas, Nevada, where Dr. Peterson was a practicing plastic surgeon and Chief of Plastic Surgery and Surgical Services at Mike O’Callaghan Federal Hospital. During that time, Dr. Peterson traveled to provide medical care for military families in Japan and Germany, as well as fulfilling humanitarian missions to Honduras. After achieving the rank of Colonel in the Air Force, it was time for the family to separate from the military and go into private practice.
In 2004, the Peterson family moved to St. George, Utah, just two hours away from Las Vegas and set up practice in the Center for Advanced Plastic Surgery. Dr. Peterson and his wife have 5 children and love being grandparents as well.
Dr. Peterson enjoys the relationships he has developed with his patients, co-workers and staff, and the privilege he has of practicing medicine. He is appreciative of the many blessings and opportunities he has been given in his life. In his spare time, Dr. Peterson enjoys spending time with his family, serving in his church callings and working on building projects at his home. Dr. Peterson has affiliated himself with LDS Humanitarian Services and Operation Smile (an International cleft Lip/Cleft Palate Surgical Team) in order to help those in need of medical care in many areas of the world. He has had the opportunity to serve most recently in Cambodia in conjunction with the US Navy.