Dr. Petkevich was awarded a Doctorate in Cell Biology from Oxford University where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He received an AB degree cum laude from Harvard College. Following Oxford, Dr. Petkevich studied music privately, was a Fellow in the Music Department at Harvard, and was Composer-in-Residence at Eliot House, Harvard University. He represented the United States in the 1968 and 1972 Winter Olympics, was U.S. and North American Figure Skating Champion, was a Gold Medalist at the World University Games and authored two books on skating. In 1972, he was the second recipient of the coveted Button-Salchow Trophy. Dr. Petkevich is on the Board of Hinge Bio, Inc. and previously served on the Boards of Advanced Bionics Corporation and Telios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He is on the Board of Trustees for the United States Figure Skating Foundation, is Treasurer, and is Chairman of the investment Committee. He has served on the Advisory Board of the Gladstone Institute, on the Board of the San Francisco Opera, and on the Foundation Board of UCSF.
In 1970, Dr. Petkevich conceived of “An Evening with Champions”, a skating exhibition at Harvard run by the students to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Research Institute – The Jimmy Fund. The show has feature hundreds of National, World and Olympic Medalists and continues to this day raising over $2.5 million for the Jimmy Fund.