Eric Black-Maier, MD

Advanced Training Program
Start Year
2020

Education and Training

College/University
University of Oregon

Medical School
Duke University

Residency
Duke University

Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
Duke University

Career and Research Goals

My top priorities are taking great care of patients and developing into a well rounded cardiologist. I plan on pursuing advanced training in cardiac electrophysiology.

My research interests include catheter ablation and pharmacological therapy for atrial fibrillation, and cardiovascular implantable electronic device therapy and management.

Honors, awards and distinctions

Howard Hughes Institute Medical Research Fellow (2012-3)


Fellow Perspective

Tell us briefly about your background before fellowship?
I grew up and attended college in Oregon. I moved to Durham to attend medical school in 2010 and developed an interest in cardiology during first and second year physiology coursework. I remained interested in cardiology as an internal medicine resident at Duke and my research interests shifted toward clinical electrophysiology.
  
What are your career plans in cardiology?
I plan to pursue advanced training in cardiac electrophysiology. 

Why did you choose Duke for your fellowship training?
Duke is a program with a unique blend of clinical strengths across all domains of cardiology and exposure to quality research training. Faculty engagement and respect for fellow autonomy is outstanding.

What advice might you offer residents looking at fellowship programs?
Applying to cardiology fellowship is much different from internal medicine residency. The quality of didactics and training is important, but mentorship becomes critical. Consider your specific goals within cardiology and both the clinical and research mentorship that will be available to you.

From your experience in fellowship, what have you learned about training at Duke?
The faculty has designed a fellowship program that is truly “high yield,” and we spend most of our time in the hospital actively developing the requisite skills and knowledge to become outstanding cardiologists. The CCU experience can be intense, but allows for a lot of flexibility by eliminating call from the remainder of the fellowship. Faculty are constantly seeking ways to improve the fellowship based on feedback and treat us as peers. 

How is your life in the Triangle area outside of work? 
After finishing my internal medicine training in Durham, it was a real challenge to consider moving. Quality of life as a medical trainee in the Triangle is unparalleled for a number of reasons. The cost of living is quite low, which provides disposable income. There is an excellent and constantly expanding culinary scene. My wife and I enjoy biking on the various greenways in the Triangle and taking weekend trips with our Labrador retriever to explore the Blue Ridge parkway and various breweries around Asheville. 

Publications

Rehorn, Michael R., Eric Black-Maier, Rahul Loungani, Sounok Sen, Albert Y. Sun, Daniel J. Friedman, Jason I. Koontz, et al. “Electrical storm in patients with left ventricular assist devices: Risk factors, incidence, and impact on survival.” Heart Rhythm 18, no. 8 (August 2021): 1263–71. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrthm.2021.03.047.

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33839327
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Atwater, Brett D., Kasper Emerek, Zainab Samad, Edward Sze, Eric Black-Maier, Zak Loring, Martin Ugander, et al. “Predicting the Development of Reduced Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction in Patients With Left Bundle Branch Block.” Am J Cardiol 137 (December 15, 2020): 39–44. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjcard.2020.09.034.

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32998010
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Black-Maier, Eric, Robert K. Lewis, Adam S. Barnett, Sean D. Pokorney, Albert Y. Sun, Jason I. Koontz, James P. Daubert, and Jonathan P. Piccini. “Subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator troubleshooting in patients with a left ventricular assist device: A case series and systematic review.” Heart Rhythm 17, no. 9 (September 2020): 1536–44. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrthm.2020.04.019.

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32304733
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Black-Maier, Eric, Michael Rehorn, Rahul Loungani, Daniel J. Friedman, Fawaz Alenezi, Kyle Geurink, Sean D. Pokorney, et al. “Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation in cardiac amyloidosis.” Pacing Clin Electrophysiol 43, no. 9 (September 2020): 913–21. https://doi.org/10.1111/pace.13992.

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32573789
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Rehorn, Michael R., Rahul S. Loungani, Eric Black-Maier, Amanda C. Coniglio, Ravi Karra, Sean D. Pokorney, and Michel G. Khouri. “Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices: A Window Into the Evolution of Conduction Disease in Cardiac Amyloidosis.” Jacc Clin Electrophysiol 6, no. 9 (September 2020): 1144–54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacep.2020.04.020.

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32972550
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Black-Maier, Eric, Robert K. Lewis, Rahul Loungani, Michael Rehorn, Daniel J. Friedman, Muath Bishawi, Jacob N. Schroder, et al. “Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Device Surgery Following Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation.” Jacc Clin Electrophysiol 6, no. 9 (September 2020): 1131–39. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacep.2020.04.030.

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32972548
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Loring, Zak, Sounok Sen, Eric Black-Maier, Brett D. Atwater, Stuart D. Russell, Adam D. DeVore, and Jonathan P. Piccini. “Reducing ECG Artifact From Left Ventricular Assist Device Electromagnetic Interference.” J Am Heart Assoc 9, no. 16 (August 18, 2020): e017563. https://doi.org/10.1161/JAHA.120.017563.

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32787630
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Wang, Allen, Tracy Truong, Eric Black-Maier, Cynthia Green, Kristen B. Campbell, Adam S. Barnett, Janice Febre, et al. “Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation in patients with diabetes mellitus.” Heart Rhythm O2 1, no. 3 (August 2020): 180–88. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hroo.2020.04.006.

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34113872
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Pokorney, Sean D., Eric Black-Maier, and Jonathan P. Piccini. “Reply: Oral Anticoagulation and Cardiovascular Outcomes in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation and End-Stage Renal Disease.” J Am Coll Cardiol 76, no. 3 (July 21, 2020): 351–52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2020.05.035.

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32674801
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