Eric David Peterson, MD

Professor of Medicine
Fred Cobb, M.D. Professor of Medicine
Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute
Campus mail 200 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701
Phone (919) 668-8830
Email address

Dr Peterson is the Fred Cobb Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology, a DukeMed Scholar, and the Past Executive Director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), Durham, NC, USA.

Dr Peterson is the Principal Investigator of the National Institute of Health, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Spironolactone Initiation Registry Randomized Interventional Trial in Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction (SPIRRIT) Trial  He is also the Principal Investigator of the Data Coordinating Centers for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), National Cardiac Surgery Database, the American College of Cardiology National Cardiac Database (ACC-NCDR) and the American Heart Association Get With the Guidelines Database (AHA-GWTG).  Dr Peterson also oversees multiple industry sponsored clinical studies.

Additionally, Dr Peterson serves on multiple national committees and guideline and performance measure development groups. Dr Peterson is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), the Association of American Physicians (AAP), and the Association of University Cardiologists (AUC).

Since 2013, Dr Peterson has been voted one of world’s top 400 most influential researchers in biomedicine. as well as named by Thomson Reuters as a ‘Highly Cited Researcher’, ranking him among the top 1% most cited in clinical medicine. He is a Contributing Editor on the Journal of the American Medical Association and is a recognized leader in outcomes and quality research with over 1200 peer-reviewed publications in the field.

Education and Training

  • Fellow in Cardiology, Medicine, Duke University, 1992 - 1995
  • Fellow in General Internal Medicine, Medicine, Harvard University , 1991 - 1992
  • Medical Resident, Medicine, Children's Hospital, Boston, 1988 - 1991
  • M.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1988


Peterson, E. D., P. A. Cowper, E. R. DeLong, J. P. Zidar, R. S. Stack, and D. B. Mark. “Acute and long-term cost implications of coronary stenting..” J Am Coll Cardiol 33, no. 6 (May 1999): 1610–18.

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Peterson, E. D., and W. B. Batchelor. “Percutaneous intervention in the very elderly: weighing the risks and benefits..” Am Heart J 137, no. 4 Pt 1 (April 1999): 585–87.

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Alexander, K., L. J. Shaw, L. K. Shaw, E. DeLong, D. Mark, and E. Peterson. “Erratum: Value of exercise treadmill testing in women. Low dose dobutamine echocardiography predicts improvement in functional capacity after exercise training in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy (Journal of the American College of Cardiology (1998) 32 (1657-1664)).” Journal of the American College of Cardiology 33, no. 1 (February 10, 1999).

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Shaw, L. J., R. Hachamovitch, E. D. Peterson, H. C. Lewin, A. E. Iskandrian, D. D. Miller, and D. S. Berman. “Using an outcomes-based approach to identify candidates for risk stratification after exercise treadmill testing..” J Gen Intern Med 14, no. 1 (January 1999): 1–9.

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Alexander, K. P., E. D. Peterson, C. B. Granger, A. C. Casas, F. Van de Werf, P. W. Armstrong, A. Guerci, E. J. Topol, and R. M. Califf. “Potential impact of evidence-based medicine in acute coronary syndromes: insights from GUSTO-IIb. Global Use of Strategies to Open Occluded Arteries in Acute Coronary Syndromes trial..” J Am Coll Cardiol 32, no. 7 (December 1998): 2023–30.

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Mark, D. B., and E. D. Peterson. “Health economics of acute coronary syndromes.” Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis 5, no. SUPPL. 2 (December 1, 1998).


Alexander, K. P., L. J. Shaw, L. K. Shaw, E. R. Delong, D. B. Mark, and E. D. Peterson. “Value of exercise treadmill testing in women..” J Am Coll Cardiol 32, no. 6 (November 15, 1998): 1657–64.

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Shaw, L. J., E. D. Peterson, L. K. Shaw, K. L. Kesler, E. R. DeLong, F. E. Harrell, L. H. Muhlbaier, and D. B. Mark. “Use of a prognostic treadmill score in identifying diagnostic coronary disease subgroups..” Circulation 98, no. 16 (October 20, 1998): 1622–30.

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Peterson, E. D., E. R. DeLong, J. G. Jollis, L. H. Muhlbaier, and D. B. Mark. “The effects of New York's bypass surgery provider profiling on access to care and patient outcomes in the elderly..” J Am Coll Cardiol 32, no. 4 (October 1998): 993–99.

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