Ephraim McDowell Health Welcomes Infectious Disease specialist to the Medical Staff

Ephraim McDowell Health welcomes Dr. Christopher L. Petrey, D.O., Infectious Disease Specialist, to the Medical Staff.  Dr. Petrey will practice at the Ephraim McDowell Specialty Center in Danville.

Dr. Petrey is an Air Force veteran who holds several degrees and has a multifaceted medical background.  While training in the Air Force, he was honor graduate and elected to serve in a teaching position, training other airmen and registered nurses in cardiopulmonary sciences.  He initially completed an Associate’s degree in Respiratory Therapy from California College for Health Sciences.  Besides completing his degree in Respiratory Therapy, he also received training in echocardiography, and attained status as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer.  After his tour in the Air Force, he returned home to Kentucky, where he attended  Kentucky State University and Georgetown College, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Kentucky State University, all while working full-time as a respiratory therapist and director of an echocardiography lab.

Following his undergraduate training, he attended medical school at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville.  During medical school, Dr. Petrey did most all of his clinical rotations at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.  After graduating in the top third of his medical school class in 2010, he moved to Memphis, TN, where he completed his Internal medicine internship and residency in 2013.  He then went on to do post-graduate fellowship training in sleep medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, infectious diseases at University of Kansas, and finally returned to Memphis, where he completed a fellowship in critical care medicine in 2017.  

He has special certification as an American Academy of HIV Medicine Specialist.  His research work has focused on healthcare disparities in the HIV community, as well as educating the public on the current state of HIV, which is now a fairly benign disease if treated appropriately.  He holds board-certifications from the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and critical care medicine.  He is also board-eligible for infectious diseases and sleep medicine. 

Dr. Petrey is not married, but has two identical twin nieces whom he treats as if they were his own children.  In his spare time, he enjoys being outside, traveling, scuba diving, reading, watching movies, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Ephraim McDowell Specialty Center is located at 216 West Walnut Street in Danville.  To schedule an appointment, please call (859) 239-5860.