Mary Peterson received her undergraduate degree in 1992 from Miami Dade Community College in Miami, Florida and her Master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas, Texas in 2007 as an Adult Advanced Nurse Practitioner. Her career has been dedicated to oncology nursing with the last ten years as an NP in the field of Stem Cell Transplant. She has been instrumental helping develop new transplant programs at Mayo Clinic Arizona, Banner MD Anderson in Arizona, and St. David’s South Austin Medical Center in Austin, Texas. She has given local, regional and national educational talks.
As an active member of the Oncology Nursing Society, she helped to establish a new chapter in the East Valley of Arizona to provide increased educational support to her colleagues and currently sits on the Board for the Central Texas Oncology Nursing Society. In 2015 she was elected to the board for the Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology/Oncology has served on the nursing education committee for the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplant the last 5 years and in 2018 will Chair the Transplant Nursing Program. In 2017 she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in Transplant Nursing, a distinguished honor voted upon by her peers.
She remains active in community outreach volunteering time with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, “Light the Night” and “Relay for Life”. While her focus remains on clinical expertise at the bedside, she has developed skills to include administrative initiatives in the advancement of Advanced Practice Providers to better support the oncology patient. Her hobbies include reading, scuba diving and spending time with her family.