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Erika Petersen

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
DepartmentNeurosurgery, College of Medicine
DivisionNeurosurgery Faculty
Address Campus General
4301 W. Markham
Mail Slot # 507
Little Rock AR 72205
Phone501-686-5270
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    Dr. Erika Petersen attended the Princeton University, where she majored in European History. She completed her medical studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While undertaking her neurosurgical residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, she completed a research and clinical fellowship in functional neurosurgery at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. Following completion of her residency, Dr. Petersen joined the Neurosurgery faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She directs the Section of Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery at UAMS Medical Center. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at UAMS. Dr. Petersen is a board certified neurosurgeon whose clinical practice focuses on neuromodulation, treating movement disorders, spasticity, and chronic pain through surgical procedures and stereotactic radiosurgery using the Gamma Knife. These surgeries include deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and dystonia, spinal cord stimulation, intrathecal drug therapy, surgery for trigeminal neuralgia, and more. She also performs stereotactic radiosurgery for treatment of tumors, vascular brain malformations, and trigeminal neuralgia. Almost all of these therapies are offered in collaboration with comprehensive multidisciplinary teams of neurologists, psychiatrists, anesthesiologists, radiation oncologists, and other specialists to ensure that the best possible care is devised to meet the needs of each patient as an individual. Dr. Petersen's research interests focus on using high-resolution imaging to understand the functional interaction of centers within the brain. Her collaborations with colleagues in neuroradiology, neurology and psychiatry are aimed toward identifying new applications for the use of deep brain stimulation.


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    Director, Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery

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    1. Sweet JA, Mitchell LS, Narouze S, Sharan AD, Falowski SM, Schwalb JM, Machado A, Rosenow JM, Petersen EA, Hayek SM, Arle JE, Pilitsis JG. Occipital Nerve Stimulation for the Treatment of Patients With Medically Refractory Occipital Neuralgia: Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guideline. Neurosurgery. 2015 Sep; 77(3):332-41. PMID: 26125672.
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    2. Petersen EA, Slavin KV. Peripheral nerve/field stimulation for chronic pain. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2014 Oct; 25(4):789-97. PMID: 25240665.
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    3. Deer TR, Mekhail N, Petersen E, Krames E, Staats P, Pope J, Saweris Y, Lad SP, Diwan S, Falowski S, Feler C, Slavin K, Narouze S, Merabet L, Buvanendran A, Fregni F, Wellington J, Levy RM. The appropriate use of neurostimulation: stimulation of the intracranial and extracranial space and head for chronic pain. Neuromodulation Appropriateness Consensus Committee. Neuromodulation. 2014 Aug; 17(6):551-70; discussion 570. PMID: 25112890.
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    4. Gandhi G, Bahgat D, Petersen E. Peripheral neurostimulation for facial pain: retrospective review of outcomes in 6 cases. 2012.
    5. Phillips BC, Gokden M, Petersen E. Granulomatous encephalitis due to Balamuthia mandrillaris is not limited to immune-compromised patients. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2013 Jul; 115(7):1102-4. PMID: 22921039.
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    6. Bahgat D, Ghaleb A, Petersen E. Spinal Cord Stimulation for Post-Orchiectomy Neuropathic Pain: Case Report. 2012.
    7. Phillips BC, Garrett Ja, Garrett Jo, Williford V, Petersen E. Influences on operative time and patient outcome in thoracic spinal cord stimulator placement. 2012.
    8. Zrinzo L, Holl EM, Petersen EA, Limousin P, Foltynie T, Hariz MI. Skewering the subthalamic nucleus via a parietal approach. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2011; 89(2):70-5. PMID: 21293165.
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    9. Whitworth LA, Petersen E. Youmans Neurological Surgery. Pharmacological Treatment of Pain. 2011.
    10. Whitworth LA, Petersen E. Handbook of Movement Disorders. Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy. 2011.
    11. Whitworth LA, Petersen E. Essential Techniques in Operative Neurosurgery. Motor Cortex Stimulator Placement. 2011.
    12. Tripoliti E, Zrinzo LU, Martinez-Torres I, Frost E, Pinto S, Foltynie T, Holl EM, Petersen EA, Roughton M, Hariz MI, Limousin P. Effects of bilateral STN-DBS on speech in a consecutive series of patients. Neurology. 2011; 76(1):80-6.
    13. Holl EM, Petersen EA, Foltynie T, Martinez-Torres I, Limousin P, Hariz MI, Zrinzo L. Improving targeting in image-guided frame-based deep brain stimulation. Neurosurgery. 2010 Dec; 67(2 Suppl Operative):437-47. PMID: 21099570.
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    14. Petersen EA, Holl EM, Martinez-Torres I, Foltynie T, Limousin P, Hariz MI, Zrinzo L. Minimizing brain shift in stereotactic functional neurosurgery. Neurosurgery. 2010 Sep; 67(3 Suppl Operative):ons213-21; discussion ons221. PMID: 20679927.
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    15. Zrinzo LU, Foltynie T, Petersen E, Holl E, Martinez-Torres I, Janhanshahi M, Limousin P, Hariz M. MRI-guided subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation without microelectrode recording: accurate, safe and effective. 2010.
    16. Zrinzo LU, Petersen E, Holl E, Foltynie T, Martinez-Torres I, Limousin P, Hariz M. Minimilizing brain shift in stereotactic functional neurosurgery. 2010.
    17. Petersen E, Holl EM, Martinez-Torres I, Foltynie T, Limousin P, Hariz M, Zrinzo LU. Minimilizing brain shift in stereotactic functional neurosurgery. 2010.
    18. Foltynie T, Zrinso LU, Martinez-Torres I, Tripoliti E, Petersen EA, Holl EM, Aviles-Olmos I, Jahanshahi M, Hariz MI, Limousin P. MRI-guided STN DBS in Parkinson's disease without microelectrode recording: efficacy and safety. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2010.
    19. Borg A, Petersen EA, Holl EM, Martinez-Torres I, Foltynie T, Limousin P, Hariz MI, Zrinzo LU. Analysis of brain shift in deep brain stimulation. 2009; 473.
    20. Petersen E, Novokovic R, Ding C, Pride GL, Samson DS, Timmerman R, Whitworth LA. Staged gamma knife radiosurgical treatment of a giant cerebral arteriovenous malformation: preliminary report. 2009.
    21. Petersen E, Morrill KC. Multilevel anterior cervical fusion with Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2. 2008.
    22. Petersen E, Samson DS, White JA. Intracranial aneurysms in pediatric patients. 2007.
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