After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Biology the University of Victoria, Dr. Petter Tonseth completed medical school at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1988. The following decade involved working as a general practitioner in various
locations including many coastal BC communities, the Canadian arctic and Australia as well as acting as medical officer on the tall ship Concordia, crossing the
Atlantic with students completing their secondary education.
When in Canada, he and his wife Karen lived aboard their 34 foot sailboat while preparing it to sail offshore, which they did in1997, spending two seasons in the Sea of Cortez.
In 1999, the opportunity to enter the UBC Radiology residency brought Dr. Tonseth and his wife back via Hawaii and they continued to live aboard in Vancouver while Dr. Tonseth completed the UBC dual radiology/nuclear medicine program.
After finishing residency in 2004, he joined NightHawk Radiology Services, providing
teleradiology support to multiple sites across the United States from Australia.
He returned to BC to take up a full time position in the Functional Imaging
Department at the BC Cancer Agency in 2011, reporting oncologic PET/CT, and more recently began working regularly at the Nuclear and Molecular Medicine Department in St.John’s Newfoundland.
Dr. Tonseth holds academic appointments at both UBC and Memorial University
and is the Director of the UBC International Outreach Program and Education Lead for Undergraduate Ultrasound at UBC.