Walking Forward: Cancer Research for American Indians
As the National Cancer Institute Principal Investigator for Avera’s Walking Forward program, Dr. Petereit leads the ongoing research aimed at reducing cancer disparities among American Indians in South Dakota.
Reducing Cancer Disparities Among Tribal Communities
Since its inception in 2002 through a National Cancer Institute community cancer grant, Dr. Petereit and the Walking Forward team have increased awareness and access to the following services:
- Cancer education
- Community patient navigation
- Cancer screening
- Earlier diagnosis
- Innovative treatment options, including clinical trials
"One of the best things about my work with Walking Forward is that we’re out in the community a lot. We’ve been so involved with screening prevention and community education that people come to know us – especially over the past 15 years," says Dr. Petereit. "What drives me to do this work is my desire to help address the significant problem of higher cancer-related death rates for American Indians in South Dakota."
Expert Radiation Oncology Services
Dr. Petereit is also a practicing radiation oncologist at John T. Vucurevich Cancer Care Institute in Rapid City, SD, where he specializes in brachytherapy for gynecologic, prostate, lung and breast cancer.
In his free time, Dr. Petereit enjoys walleye fishing, skiing and spending time with his family, including watching his kids play hockey.