Clinician Corner – Dr. Anne Peters

Dr. Anne Peters received her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete her internship in internal medicine at Stanford Hospital and Clinics in Stanford, CA. Afterwards, she completed her residency in internal medicine at Harbor – UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. She then completed her fellowship in endocrinology in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She is currently an adult endocrinologist at Keck Hospital of University of Southern California as well as the Director of USC Westside Center for Diabetes. In addition, she is the Director of the Comprehensive Diabetes Center at the Edward Roybal Community Medical Center and professor of medicine at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Anne Peters is a friend to the Monogenic Diabetes Registry and advocate for her patients.

Interviewed by: Anastasia Harris

H: Who/what influenced you to become a physician?
P: I decided when I was 5 years old.  I was living in NYC and was given the task of drawing a tree.  I remember looking up at the tree I wanted to draw and thinking of drawing it in all 4 seasons.  Which made me think I loved science and loved people so I thought I should be a doctor.

When I was 6 years old I was given the task of teaching the African American boy I shared my desk with how to read.  Even then I took tasks very seriously.  I realized that his problems in learning how to read largely stemmed from the fact that he was absent from school so often due to illness.  Which is when I decided that health was vital to education and that I wanted to always provide medical care to underserved individuals.  So ever since I have always worked in both well served and underserved parts of Los Angeles.

H: If you were not an endocrinologist, what other specialty would you have chosen?
P: There is no better specialty.  But maybe family practice?

H: What brought you to the Los Angeles area?
P: I came with my first husband who moved us to Los Angeles because he wanted to do an emergency medicine residency at UCLA. 

H: What do you enjoy doing during your free time?
P: I have a wilderness cabin in Montana on a river in a valley where there are 300 people and 1000 grizzly bears.  I go there for a long weekend every month and fly fish, hike, kayak, horseback ride, snowshoe, and cross country ski depending on the season.

H: What is the most important advice you have for patients?
P: I only see people with diabetes and my most important bit of advice is to teach them to learn to love vegetables.  It makes all the rest so much easier.