Matt Peterson

President, Behavioral Health Division at Universal Health Services

Most recently, Mr. Peterson served as Chief Operating Officer for Optum Government, a health services and technology company with 50,000+ providers, relationships with more than 4,500 medical centers and engagements with over 128 million consumers. Prior to this, he served as Senior Vice President, Enterprise Operations at Optum, responsible for the leadership and end-to-end delivery of products and services in the federal, state, payer, provider and international marketplaces that included design, development and delivery of business and clinical operations. Before joining Optum, Mr. Peterson spent two years as the Central Regional CEO for UnitedHealthcare's TRICARE contract.

In addition to his civilian business career, Mr. Peterson has served for nearly 30 years as a member of the United States Military, currently a Colonel and hospital/healthcare administrator in the Air National Guard. He has deployed seven times in support of contingency operations and has significant experience running complex healthcare operations on five continents.



  • President, Behavioral Health Division

    Current role