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Daniel G. Petereit

Daniel G. Petereit, MD

Radiation Oncology

“Through Walking Forward, we work with the American Indian community to discover what the barriers are to cancer care, increase early cancer screening and detection, and ensure that those who are diagnosed with cancer receive the best cancer care available.“

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About Me

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.

Active Lifestyle

In his free time, Dr. Petereit enjoys walleye fishing, skiing and spending time with his family, including watching his kids play hockey.



University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Vermillion, Medical School


Gunderson Clinic, La Crosse, WI, Internal Medicine


University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, Human Oncology


University of Texas Medical Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, Gynecologic and Head and Neck Cancers

Professional Memberships

American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology; American Brachytherapy Society


American Board of Radiology - Radiation Oncology; Fellow of American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (FASTRO)

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