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Eric C. Peterson, M.D.

General Information

Eric C. Peterson, M.D.


  • Fax: 305-243-3247


  • English
  • Spanish

Video Introduction


  • Neurological Surgery


  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery
  • Director of Endovascular Fellowship, Nicklaus Children Hospital
  • Director of Endovascular Neurosurgery, Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Director of Endovascular Neurosurgery, University of Miami Hospital

Research Interests

 Endovascular Repair of Aneurysms -Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) -Endovascular Neurosurgery -Cerebrovascular Disease -Stroke -Carotid Endarterectomy -Brain Tumor Surgery -Cerebral Aneurysms -Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery -Cranial Neurological Surgery -General Neurological Surgery -Retinoblastoma


2013 Endovascular Neurosurgery Fellowship
University of Miami Department of Neurological Surgery
2012 Chief Residency
University of Washington Department of Neurological Surgery
2011 Neurological Surgery Residency
University of Washington Department of Neurological Surgery
2005 Doctorate of Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School
2001 Masters of Physiology
Georgetown University
2000 Research Fellow
Walter Reed Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
1999 BS Neuroscience/Psychology
Vanderbilt University


  • Ghonim HT, Shah SS, Thompson JW, Ambekar S, Peterson EC, Elhammady MS; Stem Cells as a Potential Adjunctive Therapy in Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage; Vasc Interv Neurol. 2016 Jan; 8(5):30-7.
  • Theodotou CB, Snelling BM, Sur S, Haussen DC, Peterson EC, Elhammady MS; Genetic Associations of Intracranial Aneurysm Formation and Sub-Arachnoid Hemorrhage: A Systematic Review. Asian Journal of Neurosurgery; Epub Feb 2016
  • Haussen DC, Dharmadhikari SS, Snelling B, Lioutas VA, Thomas A, Peterson EC, Elhammady MS, Aziz-Sultan MA, Yavagal DR; Posterior communicating and vertebral artery configuration and outcome in endovascular treatment of acute basilar artery occlusion. Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery. 2015 Dec;7(12):864-7
  • Hussain S, Barbarite E, Chaudhry NS, Gupta K, Dellarole A, Peterson EC, Elhammady MS; Search for Biomarkers of intracranial Aneurysm: A Systematic Review. World Neurosurgery; 2015 Jun 24.
  • Hanak BW, Haussen DC, Ambekar S, Ferreira M Jr, Ghodke BV, Peterson EC; Preoperative embolization of intracranial hemangiopericytomas: case series and introduction of the transtumoral embolization technique. Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery. 2015 Oct 16
  • Ambekar S, Gaynor BG, Peterson EC, Elhammady MS; Long-term angiographic results of endovascularly "cured" intracranial dural arteriovenous fistulas. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2015 Sep 25:1-5.
  • Peterson EC, Heros RC; Editorial: Rupture risk of unruptured aneurysms: beyond size and shape. J Neurosurg. 2015 Sep 18:1-3.
  • Peterson EC, Heros RC; More on the clip versus coil controversy. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2015 Sep;123(3):618-20
  • Lo Presti A, Weil AG, Fallah A, Peterson EC, Niazi TN, Bhatia S; Treatment of a cerebral pial arteriovenous fistula in a patient with sickle cell disease-related moyamoya syndrome. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2015 Aug; 16(2):207-11
  • Gaynor BG, Haussen DC, Ambekar S, Peterson EC, Yavagal DR, Elhammady MS; Covered Stents for the Prevention and Treatment of Carotid Blowout Syndrome. Neurosurgery; 2015 Aug; 77(2):164-167.
  • Peterson EC, Heros R; Editorial: Mild narrowing of the cervical carotid is noted. J Neurosurg. 2015 May; 122(5):1193-4.
  • Shah SS, Dellarole A, Peterson EC, Bregy A, Komotar R, Harvey PD, Elhammady MS; Long-term psychiatric outcomes in pediatric brain tumor survivors. Childs Nerv Syst;  2015 May; 31(5): 653-63.
  • Haussen D, Nogueira RG, DeSousa KG, Pafford RN, Janjua N, Ramdas KN, Peterson EC, Elhammady MS, Yavagal DR. Transradial access in acute ischemic stroke intervention. J Neuro interv Surg; 2015 Jan 5
  • 1. Haussen DC, Ashour R, Johnson JN, Elhammady MS, Peterson EC, Cesar L, Bowie C, Aziz-Sultan MA; Direct continuous measurement of draining vein pressure during Onyx embolization in a swine arteriovenous malformation model. J Neurointerv Surg. 2015 Jan; 7(1):62-6.
  • Peterson EC, Kim LJ; In reply: Stenting vs balloon remodeling of intracranial aneurysms. Neurosurgery. 2015 Jan;76(1):E104
  • Haussen DC, Nogueira RG, Elhammady MS, Yavagal DR, Aziz-Sultan MA, Johnson JN, Gaynor BG, Jen S, Dehkharghani S, Peterson EC; Infarct Growth Despite Full Reperfusion in Endovascular Therapy for Acute Ischemic Stroke. J Neurointerv Surg; 2014 Dec 24
  • Haussen DC, Nogueira RG, Elhammady MS, Yavagal DR, Aziz-Sultan MA, Johnson JN, Gaynor BG, Jen S, Dehkharghani S, Peterson EC; Infarct Growth Despite Full Reperfusion in Endovascular Therapy for Acute Ischemic Stroke. J Neurointerv Surg; 2014 Dec 24
  • Peterson EC, Hanak B, Morton R, Osbun J. Levitt MR, Kim L; Are Aneurysms Treated With Balloon Assisted Coiling and Stent Assisted Coiling Different? Morphological Analysis of 113 Unruptured Wide Necked Aneurysms Treated with Adjunctive Devices. Neurosurgery; 2014 Apr 15 Epub ahead of print
  • Peterson EC, Heros R; Don’t Lose the Lungs for the Brain: Pulmonary Complications After Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. World Neurosurgery, 2014 Jul-Aug; 82(1-2) e167-8
  • Haussen DC, Ashour R, Johnson JN, Elhammady MS, Peterson EC, Cesar L, Bowie C, Aziz-Sultan MA; Direct Continuous Measurement of Draining Vein Pressure During Onyx Embolization in a Swine AVM Model; Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery. 2014 Jan 17 Epub 2014
  • Haussen DC, Gaynor BG, Johnson JN, Peterson EC, Elhammady MS, Aziz-Sultan MA, Yavagal DR; Carotid Siphon Calcification Impact on Revascularization and Outcome in Stroke Intervention; Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, 2014 May;120:73-7
  • Morton RP, Hanak BW, Levitt MR, Fink KR, Peterson EC, Vilela M, Kim LJ, Chesnut RM. Blunt Traumatic Occlusion of the Internal Carotid and Vertebral Arteries. Journal of Neurosurgery 2014 Jun;120(6):1446-50 Epub 2014 Mar 28
  • Peterson EC, Heros RC, Management of Incompletely Coiled Aneurysms: To Treat or Not To Treat? World Neurosurgery, 2013 Oct 10 Epub ahead of Print
  • Peterson EC, Kanal K, Dickinson R, Stewart B, Kim LJ: Radiation-Induced Complications in Endovascular Neurosurgery: Incidence of Skin Effects and the Feasibility of Estimating Risk of Future Tumor Formation. Neurosurgery, 2013 Apr; 72(4): 566-72
  • Salsamendi J, Peterson EC, Flow-Arrest Interventional Repair of Renal Allograft Arteriovenous Fistula and Pseudoaneurysms. Vascular Disease Management, 2013 November 8 Accepted
  • Elhammady MS, Peterson EC, Aziz-Sultan MA: Preoperative Onyx Embolization of Vascular Head and NeckTumors by Direct Puncture. World Neurosurgery 2012 May; 77(5-6): 725-30
  • Peterson EC, Wang Z, Britz GW: Regulation of Cerebral Blood Flow. Int J Vasc Med, 2011: Epub 823525.
  • Peterson EC, Elhammady MS, Quintero-Wolf S, Murray T, Aziz-Sultan MA: Selective Ophthalmic Artery Infusion of Chemotherapy for Advanced Intraocular Retinoblastoma: Initial Experience in 26 Cases. J Neurosurgery,2011: 114(6):1603-8.
  • Peterson EC, Chesnut RM. Talk and Die Revisited: Bifrontal Contusions and Late Deterioration. Journal of Trauma, 2011 Dec; 71(6): 1588-92.
  • Elhammady MS, Peterson EC, Aziz-Sultan MA: Preoperative Embolization of Juvenile Nasopharyngeal Angiofibromas: Transarterial versus Direct Tumoral Puncture. World Neurosurgery 2011 Sep-Oct; 76(3-4): 328-34
  • Peterson EC, Kim LJ: Magnetic Resonance Imaging at the Molecular Level. World Neurosurgery, 2010: 73(6): 604-605.



Dr. Peterson in the news


Brain aneurysm repair

Trigeminal Neuralgia


Dr. Peterson specializes in the treatment of brain aneurysms and AVMs (arteriovenous malformations). He is one of the few dual-trained neurosurgeons in the country able to offer both surgical and minimally invasive endovascular solutions to complex cerebrovascular disease. The minimally invasive endovascular techniques allows for patients to be treated through a 1mm incision in the leg with no incisions in the head. Because of his dual training, he unbiased with regards to the treatment chosen. While most lesions can be treated endovascularly, there are some cases are safer with surgery. Dr Peterson is able to perform every procedure from the initial angiogram to the final embolization or surgery. Dr. Peterson also has a busy brain tumor practice, with approximately 1/3 of his patients being referred for brain tumors. He is also a specialist in pediatric vascular disease such as aneurysms and tumors, with 1 dedicated day per week treating children with endovascular techniques.

Dr. Peterson is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami MILLER School of Medicine. Previously, he graduated cum laude with a B.S. from Vanderbilt University. He then spent a year researching cardiovascular disease in Kochi, India as well as Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He received a Masters degree in physiology from Georgetown University before attending the University of Michigan School of Medicine for his medical degree. He completed a 7-year neurosurgical residency at the University of Washington, followed by a 2-year endovascular fellowship at the University of Miami Department of Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Peterson co-founded the UM Cerebrovascular Initiative, a research effort focused on preventing the formation and rupture of brain aneurysms and AVMs. He is also actively involved in cutting edge techniques to treat high grade brain cancer such as glioblastoma multiforme with endovascular infusion of chemotherapy.  

Click here for information on the University of Miami's Cerebrovascular Initiative

Patient Testimonials

"Thinking it was just a sinus problem with a clogged ear, after a ct scan and MRI, an unrelated problem turned up...a brain aneurysm. My husband immediately began researching for the best neurosurgeon he could find. We became familiar with a surgery called the coil procedure, and only a few doctors were proficient in this. The one who impressed us the most was Dr. Eric Peterson of the University of Miami. After our first consultation with him we both knew he was the one. His knowledge, confidence and caring manner put us at ease immediately. His visit with me before the surgery, giving me a hug, then looking me in the eyes to tell me everything would be fine, set me at complete ease. The surgery went perfectly, but it didn't stop there. Keeping in contact with me, he was also in contact with all of my doctors, giving them updates of my progress. With a rather quick recovery, I am back to my normal life, no after effects. We are so blessed to have found Dr. Eric Peterson, knowing his expertise saved my life."  

-- Patricia Dugan, Patient

"Doctors and nurses make the worst patients. Simply because we know what happens and what is said behind closed doors. However on my fateful day my knowledge in neurosurgery or ophthalmology were limited to a Google search. Five thousand miles away, my cousin (an oculoplastic surgeon not a radiologist) read and diagnosed an mri of a carotid cavernous fistula, 5 days after a fall off a mountain in South Ame

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