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Eric C. Peterson, M.D.

General Information

Eric C. Peterson, M.D.

Languages

  • English

Video Introduction

Specialties

  • Neurological Surgery

Roles

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery
  • Co-Director of Endovascular Fellowship, University of Miami
  • Co-Director of Endovascular Neurosurgery, Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Co-Director of Endovascular Neurosurgery, University of Miami Hospital
  • Executive Stroke Council Board Member, University of Miami

Education

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

Biography

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.

  

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 America.

Once the plane landed, I reached the anesthesiologist (my past profession) on call who relayed my diagnosis to the trauma surgeon on call. Then the neurosurgeon, Dr. Eric Peterson, actually called me that night by phone and  said he was scheduling my procedure that next morning. His voice alone soothed my fears. His young residents spoke well of him.

After an unevetful night in the NSICU, I met the man who saved me fresh from an emergency aneurysm repair. Dr. Peterson sat patiently and answered my questions, but more importantly he explained the intervention and how everything had gone perfectly.  On my one week follow up visit, he alone sat in the room with me and marveled at my improvement. He focused on the one case “worse” than mine and told me the patient was back to “normal.”

During the next few weeks I did my own research; from vitamin supplements for nerve regeneration, acupuncture of the eye (two treatments), hyperbaric chamber to using Lyrica as an off label medicine. I had texted his young resident to relay my questions, but was astounded when Dr. Peterson called me to answer my questions. He said the best treatment plan was patience, but as long as nothing was harmful to undertake any additional treatments I felt could help.

He was right in the end — my eyesight did return completely to normal.  Dr. Eric Peterson has given me back more than my eyesight. He has reciprocated the hope I have always shown my patients."  Ramiro Gumucio MD, Patient.

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