Eric Black-Maier, MD

Start Year
2017

Education and Training

College/University
University of Oregon

Medical School
Duke University

Residency
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

Black-Maier, Eric, Alice Parish, Benjamin A. Steinberg, Cynthia L. Green, Zak Loring, Adam S. Barnett, Sana M. Al-Khatib, et al. “Predicting atrial fibrillation recurrence after ablation in patients with heart failure: Validity of the APPLE and CAAP-AF risk scoring systems..” Pacing Clin Electrophysiol 42, no. 11 (November 2019): 1440–47. https://doi.org/10.1111/pace.13805.

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31544956
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Zeitler, Emily P., Daniel J. Friedman, Zak Loring, Kristen B. Campbell, Sarah A. Goldstein, Zachary K. Wegermann, Jane Schutz, et al. “Complications involving the subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator: Lessons learned from MAUDE..” Heart Rhythm, September 24, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrthm.2019.09.024.

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31561032
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Black-Maier, Eric, Jonathan P. Piccini, and Christopher B. Granger. “Left atrial appendage closure: A therapy uniquely suited for specific populations of patients with atrial fibrillation..” J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol, September 13, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1111/jce.14182.

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31520437
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Black-Maier, Eric, and James P. Daubert. “Editorial Commentary: Prevention and treatment of atrial fibrillation: Is hyperuricemia the next target?.” Trends Cardiovasc Med 29, no. 1 (January 2019): 48–49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tcm.2018.07.006.

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30057151
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Black-Maier, Eric, Xinru Ren, Benjamin A. Steinberg, Cynthia L. Green, Adam S. Barnett, Normita Sta Rosa, Sana M. Al-Khatib, et al. “Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation in patients with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction..” Heart Rhythm 15, no. 5 (May 2018): 651–57. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrthm.2017.12.001.

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29222043
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Black-Maier, Eric, and Jonathan P. Piccini. “Reply to the Editor- Contact force-sensing catheters and increased risk of atrioesophageal fistula: Is the tool to blame or the workmen?.” Heart Rhythm 15, no. 1 (January 2018): e1–2. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrthm.2017.09.019.

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28917565
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Friedman, Daniel J., Eric W. Black-Maier, Adam S. Barnett, Sean D. Pokorney, Sana M. Al-Khatib, Kevin P. Jackson, Tristram D. Bahnson, et al. “Left Atrial Appendage Electrical Isolation for Treatment of Recurrent Atrial Fibrillation: A Meta-Analysis..” Jacc Clin Electrophysiol 4, no. 1 (January 2018): 112–20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacep.2017.07.007.

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29600775
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Black-Maier, Eric, Sean D. Pokorney, Adam S. Barnett, Emily P. Zeitler, Albert Y. Sun, Kevin P. Jackson, Tristram D. Bahnson, James P. Daubert, and Jonathan P. Piccini. “Risk of atrioesophageal fistula formation with contact force-sensing catheters..” Heart Rhythm 14, no. 9 (September 2017): 1328–33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrthm.2017.04.024.

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Black-Maier, Eric, Sunghee Kim, Benjamin A. Steinberg, Gregg C. Fonarow, James V. Freeman, Peter R. Kowey, Jack Ansell, et al. “Oral anticoagulation management in patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing cardiac implantable electronic device implantation..” Clin Cardiol 40, no. 9 (September 2017): 746–51. https://doi.org/10.1002/clc.22726.

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28543401
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Black-Maier, Eric W., Sean D. Pokorney, Adam S. Barnett, Peter Liu, Peter Shrader, Jason Ng, Jeffrey J. Goldberger, et al. “Ranolazine reduces atrial fibrillatory wave frequency..” Europace 19, no. 7 (July 1, 2017): 1096–1100. https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/euw200.

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