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Eric D. Peterson, MD, MPH

Eric D. Peterson, MD, MPH

An internationally acclaimed leader in cardiovascular clinical research, Dr. Peterson has been the Fred Cobb Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Duke University and served as Executive Director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute from 2012-18. Dr. Peterson’s appointment is exemplary of UT Southwestern’s commitment to transform the clinical research enterprise by building on existing academic strengths and diverse patient populations and benefiting from new faculty recruits and innovative data, digital and quantitative capacities to reach new levels of excellence in bench-to-bedside-to-population translational science.

At Duke, Dr. Peterson has led numerous multicenter clinical trials, prospective registries, and implementation programs. Notably, he serves as Principal Investigator of the Analytic Centers for American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiac Database, the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines Database, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ National Cardiac Surgery Database. He is also Principal Investigator of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Spironolactone Initiation Registry Randomized Interventional Trial (SPIRRIT) in Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction and leads several ongoing industry-sponsored clinical trials, registries and implementation research studies.

With more than 1,400 peer-reviewed publications to date, Dr. Peterson ranks among the top 1 percent of published researchers in clinical medicine and has been named one of the most highly cited researchers in the world by Thomson Reuters for the past five years. He currently serves on the Editorial Oversight Board of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and on the Editorial Boards of Circulation and Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Association of American Physicians, and Association of University Cardiologists.

Dr. Peterson has received numerous national honors and awards including being named one of America’s Top Cardiologists by Grand Rounds, Forbes magazine, and International Association of Cardiologists. He has also received the American Heart Association’s Meritorious Achievement, Distinguished Achievement, and Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Awards. He is a DukeMed Scholar and a past recipient of the Duke Heart Center Mentorship Award.


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