Eric David Peterson, MD

Professor of Medicine
Fred Cobb, M.D. Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Core Faculty Member, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
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


Berry, R. L., E. D. Peterson, and R. A. Restifo. “Records of imported tire-breeding mosquitoes in Ohio.” J Am Mosq Control Assoc 4, no. 2 (June 1988): 187–89.


Peirce, J. J., G. Sallfors, and E. Peterson. “PARAMETER SENSITIVITY OF HYDRAULIC CONDUCTIVITY TESTING PROCEDURE.” Geotechnical Testing Journal 10, no. 4 (December 1, 1987): 223–28.


Calisher, C. H., C. I. Pretzman, D. J. Muth, M. A. Parsons, and E. D. Peterson. “Serodiagnosis of La Crosse virus infections in humans by detection of immunoglobulin M class antibodies.” J Clin Microbiol 23, no. 4 (April 1986): 667–71.


Berry, R. L., M. A. Parsons, R. A. Restifo, E. D. Peterson, S. W. Gordon, M. R. Reed, C. H. Calisher, G. T. Bear, and T. J. Halpin. “California serogroup virus infections in Ohio: an 18-year retrospective summary.” Prog Clin Biol Res 123 (1983): 215–23.


Pathman J, Anderson M. L. “Cardiac Arrest and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Knowledge at an Academic Research Organization in Durham, NC.” Emergency Medicine: Open Access 05, no. 04 (n.d.).

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