Eric Peterson

Eric Peterson

Eric D. Peterson MD, MPH, FAHA, FACC

Executive Director, Duke Clinical Research Institute
Professor of Medicine, Cardiology
Fred Cobb, MD, Distinguished Professor of Medicine



DCRI Executive Director Dr. Peterson is a professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Peterson served as vice chair for Quality in the Department of Medicine from 2004–2010. His formal research training includes an MPH from Harvard University with special emphasis in biostatistics, health economics, and decision analysis. Dr. Peterson is a leader in quality research, with over 600 peer-reviewed publications in the field.

Dr. Peterson is the principal investigator (PI) for the NIH/AHRQ Duke Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs), Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) National Cardiac Surgery Database, Data Coordinating Center for both the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiac Database (ACC-NCDR), and the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines Data (AHA GWTG). He is the PI and center director for the American Heart Association’s Pharmaceutical Roundtable Outcomes Center (one of four nation-wide) as well as director of the coordinating center for the NHLBI’s Centers for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research. For the past 20 years, Dr. Peterson has mentored more than 20 fellows, thus helping to create the next generation of physician scientists.

Dr. Peterson participates on multiple national committees including chair of the AHA Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Interdisciplinary Working Group; chair of the AHA Strategic Planning Committee, ACC/AHA Performance Measures Task Force; ACCF Appropriateness Criteria Implementation Working Group; the VA’s Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) Executive Committee, oversight board of the Massachusetts Data Analysis Center (MASS-DAC), the National Quality Forum Technical Advisory Panel for Priorities, Goals and a Measurement Framework: Efficiency and Episodes of Care; the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Redesigning Insurance Benefits, Provider Payments and Accountability Programs to Promote Quality of Health Care Delivery, the IOM Committee on Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Acute Coronary Events, and Co-Chair of the National Quality Forum Outpatient Imaging Efficiency Project Steering Committee. Dr. Peterson is also a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) Council. He received the DukeMed Scholar Award in 2007. In 2010, he was awarded the Fred Cobb MD Distinguished Professor of Medicine. He is also a contributing editor on the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"I am honored to serve as the Executive Director for the DCRI. Every member of our Institute—faculty, researchers, operational experts and support services—are committed to our mission to develop and share knowledge that improves the care of patients around the world through innovative clinical research."


Select Journal Articles

Crowley, MJ, Zullig, LL, Shah, BR, Shaw, RJ, Lindquist, JH, Peterson, ED, and Bosworth, HB. "Medication non-adherence after myocardial infarction: an exploration of modifying factors." Journal of general internal medicine 30, no. 1 (January 2015): 83-90.

Pasquali, SK, He, X, Jacobs, ML, Shah, SS, Peterson, ED, Gaies, MG, Hall, M, Gaynor, JW, Hill, KD, Mayer, JE, Li, JS, and Jacobs, JP. "Excess costs associated with complications and prolonged length of stay after congenital heart surgery." The Annals of thoracic surgery 98, no. 5 (November 2014): 1660-1666.

Prabhakaran, S, Fonarow, GC, Smith, EE, Liang, L, Xian, Y, Neely, M, Peterson, ED, and Schwamm, LH. "Hospital case volume is associated with mortality in patients hospitalized with subarachnoid hemorrhage." Neurosurgery 75, no. 5 (November 2014): 500-508.

Rymer, J, McCoy, LA, Thomas, L, Peterson, ED, and Wang, TY. "Persistence of evidence-based medication use after discharge from academic versus nonacademic hospitals among patients with non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction." The American journal of cardiology 114, no. 10 (November 2014): 1479-1484.

Harskamp, RE, Walker, PF, Alexander, JH, Xian, Y, Liberman, HA, de Winter, RJ, Vassiliades, TA, Peterson, ED, Puskas, JD, and Halkos, ME. "Clinical outcomes of hybrid coronary revascularization versus coronary artery bypass surgery in patients with diabetes mellitus." American heart journal 168, no. 4 (October 2014): 471-478.