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Erika Petersen

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
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-8548-1450 Additional info
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    Dr. Petersen directs the Section of Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery at UAMS Medical Center. She is a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at UAMS and program director for the neurosurgery residency. 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. Dr. Petersen's research interests focus on developing new devices, indications, and methods for treating chronic pain using neuromodulation. Her collaborations with colleagues in interventional pain, neuroradiology, neurology and psychiatry are aimed toward identifying new applications for the use of deep brain stimulation and neuromodulation for pain.

    Dr. Petersen completed her undergraduate education at Princeton University and received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She trained in neurosurgery at the University of Texas Southwestern with a fellowship in deep brain stimulation at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. Dr. Petersen has served on the Joint Section on Pain of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and the CNS Scientific Programming Committee and sits on the Executive Board of the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience, where she is secretary. She serves as associate editor of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery for Operative Neurosurgery, and is on the editorial board of Neuromodulation and contributes as a reviewer for several other journals. Dr. Petersen lectures frequently at national and international meetings on neuromodulation for pain, emerging considerations and uses of neuromodulation, chronic pain management and deep brain stimulation. She has authored numerous articles and book chapters related to stereotactic and functional neurosurgery and neuroscience.

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    Director, Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery

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    CA2018-2 SENZA US NSRBP     (PETERSEN, ERIKA)Sep 28, 2019
    Nevro Corp.
    A Multi-Center, Prospective, Pragmatic, Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial to Compare HF10 Therapy to Conventional Medical Management in the Treatment of Non-Surgical Refractory Back Pain (IRB 239437)
    Role: Principal Investigator

    CA2018-4 INT SURPASS     (PETERSEN, ERIKA)Jul 21, 2019
    Nevro Corp.
    A Prospective Observational Multicenter Study of HF10 Therapy Using Surgical Leads (SURPASS) (IRB# 229000)
    Role: Principal Investigator

    RN01-CP-0003     (LINDBERG, RANI)May 16, 2019
    ReNeuron - Pass Through: Duke University
    A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study of the Efficacy and Safety of Intracerebral Stem Cells (CTX0E03) in Subjects with Disability Following an Ischemic Stroke (IRB 228640)
    Role: Principal Investigator

    CA2016-5     (PETERSEN, ERIKA)Sep 13, 2018
    Nevro Corp.
    A Post-Market, Multicenter, Prospective, Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing 10 kHz Spinal Cord Stimulation (HF10™ Therapy) Combined with Conventional Medical Management
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Scott H, Griffin C, Coggins W, Elberson B, Abdeldayem M, Virmani T, Larson-Prior LJ, Petersen E. Virtual Reality in the Neurosciences: Current Practice and Future Directions. Front Surg. 2021; 8:807195. PMID: 35252318.
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    2. Kapural L, Jameson J, Johnson C, Kloster D, Calodney A, Kosek P, Pilitsis J, Bendel M, Petersen E, Wu C, Cherry T, Lad SP, Yu C, Sayed D, Goree J, Lyons MK, Sack A, Bruce D, Rubenstein F, Province-Azalde R, Caraway D, Patel NP. Treatment of nonsurgical refractory back pain with high-frequency spinal cord stimulation at 10 kHz: 12-month results of a pragmatic, multicenter, randomized controlled trial. J Neurosurg Spine. 2022 Feb 11; 1-12. PMID: 35148512.
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    3. Olmsted ZT, Petersen EA, Pilitsis JG, Rahimi SY, Chen PR, Savitz SI, Laskowitz DT, Kolls BJ, Staudt MD. Toward Generalizable Trajectory Planning for Human Intracerebral Trials and Therapy. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2022 Feb 07; 1-10. PMID: 35130557.
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    4. Petersen EA, Stauss TG, Scowcroft JA, Brooks ES, White JL, Sills SM, Amirdelfan K, Guirguis MN, Xu J, Yu C, Nairizi A, Patterson DG, Tsoulfas KC, Creamer MJ, Galan V, Bundschu RH, Mehta ND, Sayed D, Lad SP, DiBenedetto DJ, Sethi KA, Goree JH, Bennett MT, Harrison NJ, Israel AF, Chang P, Wu PW, Argoff CE, Nasr CE, Taylor RS, Caraway DL, Mekhail NA. Durability of High-Frequency 10-kHz Spinal Cord Stimulation for Patients With Painful Diabetic Neuropathy Refractory to Conventional Treatments: 12-Month Results From a Randomized Controlled Trial. Diabetes Care. 2022 01 01; 45(1):e3-e6. PMID: 34844993.
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    5. Schatman ME, Petersen EA, Sayed D. No Zero Sum in Opioids for Chronic Pain: Neurostimulation and the Goal of Opioid Sparing, Not Opioid Eradication. J Pain Res. 2021; 14:1809-1812. PMID: 34163236.
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    6. Petersen EA, Schatman ME, Sayed D, Deer T. Persistent Spinal Pain Syndrome: New Terminology for a New Era. J Pain Res. 2021; 14:1627-1630. PMID: 34135626.
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    7. Petersen EA, Stauss TG, Scowcroft JA, Brooks ES, White JL, Sills SM, Amirdelfan K, Guirguis MN, Xu J, Yu C, Nairizi A, Patterson DG, Tsoulfas KC, Creamer MJ, Galan V, Bundschu RH, Paul CA, Mehta ND, Choi H, Sayed D, Lad SP, DiBenedetto DJ, Sethi KA, Goree JH, Bennett MT, Harrison NJ, Israel AF, Chang P, Wu PW, Gekht G, Argoff CE, Nasr CE, Taylor RS, Subbaroyan J, Gliner BE, Caraway DL, Mekhail NA. Effect of High-frequency (10-kHz) Spinal Cord Stimulation in Patients With Painful Diabetic Neuropathy: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Neurol. 2021 06 01; 78(6):687-698. PMID: 33818600.
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    8. Christelis N, Simpson B, Russo M, Stanton-Hicks M, Barolat G, Thomson S, Schug S, Baron R, Buchser E, Carr DB, Deer TR, Dones I, Eldabe S, Gallagher R, Huygen F, Kloth D, Levy R, North R, Perruchoud C, Petersen E, Rigoard P, Slavin K, Turk D, Wetzel T, Loeser J. Persistent Spinal Pain Syndrome: A Proposal for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome and ICD-11. Pain Med. 2021 04 20; 22(4):807-818. PMID: 33779730.
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    9. Pinckard-Dover H, Al-Hindi H, Goode G, Scott H, Petersen E. Influence of stereotactic imaging on operative time in deep brain stimulation. Surg Neurol Int. 2021; 12:82. PMID: 33767886.
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    10. Strand NH, Maloney JA, Mariano ER, Rosenow JM, Moeschler SM, Narouze S, Petersen EA. Analysis of the gender distribution of industry- and society-sponsored webinar faculty during the COVID-19 pandemic. J Clin Anesth. 2020 Dec; 67:110040. PMID: 32979612.
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    11. Smith GL, Petersen EA, Paul C, Goree JH. Transgrade Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation as a Salvage Technique for Three Different Anatomical Barriers: A Case Series. Neuromodulation. 2021 Jun; 24(4):763-768. PMID: 32909321.
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    12. Pinckard-Dover H, Palmer A, Petersen EA. A Review of Neuromodulation for Treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in Pediatric Patients and Novel Use of Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation in an Adolescent Patient With 30-Month Follow-Up. Neuromodulation. 2021 Jun; 24(4):634-638. PMID: 32856364.
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    13. Sayed D, Chakravarthy K, Amirdelfan K, Kalia H, Meacham K, Shirvalkar P, Falowski S, Petersen E, Hagedorn JM, Pope J, Leever J, Deer T. A Comprehensive Practice Guideline for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Compatibility in Implanted Neuromodulation Devices. Neuromodulation. 2020 Oct; 23(7):893-911. PMID: 32809275.
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    14. Deer TR, Sayed D, Pope JE, Chakravarthy KV, Petersen E, Moeschler SM, Abd-Elsayed A, Amirdelfan K, Mekhail N. Emergence From the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Care of Chronic Pain: Guidance for the Interventionalist. Anesth Analg. 2020 08; 131(2):387-394. PMID: 32452905.
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    15. Sabourin S, Omoruan M, Khazen O, DiMarzio M, Sofatzis T, Staples S, Feustel PJ, Petersen E, Casini G, Spinoza ZT, Pilitsis JG. Diversity in Neuromodulators: Where We Are and Where We Need to Go. Neuromodulation. 2020 02; 23(2):145-149. PMID: 32103592.
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    16. Bettis J, Thrush CR, Slotcavage RL, Stephenson K, Petersen E, Kimbrough MK. What makes them different? An exploration of mentoring for female faculty, residents, and medical students pursuing a career in surgery. Am J Surg. 2019 10; 218(4):767-771. PMID: 31383348.
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    17. Deer TR, Pope JE, Lamer TJ, Grider JS, Provenzano D, Lubenow TR, FitzGerald JJ, Hunter C, Falowski S, Sayed D, Baranidharan G, Patel NK, Davis T, Green A, Pajuelo A, Epstein LJ, Harned M, Liem L, Christo PJ, Chakravarthy K, Gilmore C, Huygen F, Lee E, Metha P, Nijhuis H, Patterson DG, Petersen E, Pilitsis JG, Rowe JJ, Rupert MP, Skaribas I, Sweet J, Verrills P, Wilson D, Levy RM, Mekhail N. The Neuromodulation Appropriateness Consensus Committee on Best Practices for Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation. Neuromodulation. 2019 Jan; 22(1):1-35. PMID: 30246899.
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    18. Bari AA, Mikell CB, Abosch A, Ben-Haim S, Buchanan RJ, Burton AW, Carcieri S, Cosgrove GR, D'Haese PF, Daskalakis ZJ, Eskandar EN, Gerrard JL, Goodman WK, Greenberg BD, Gross RE, Hamani C, Kiss ZHT, Konrad P, Kopell BH, Krinke L, Langevin JP, Lozano AM, Malone D, Mayberg HS, Miller JP, Patil PG, Peichel D, Petersen EA, Rezai AR, Richardson RM, Riva-Posse P, Sankar T, Schwalb JM, Simpson HB, Slavin K, Stypulkowski PH, Tosteson T, Warnke P, Willie JT, Zaghloul KA, Neimat JS, Pouratian N, Sheth SA. Charting the road forward in psychiatric neurosurgery: proceedings of the 2016 American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery workshop on neuromodulation for psychiatric disorders. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2018 08; 89(8):886-896. PMID: 29371415.
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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. Gandhi G, Bahgat D, Petersen E. Peripheral neurostimulation for facial pain: retrospective review of outcomes in 6 cases. 2012.
    23. 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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    24. Phillips BC, Garrett Ja, Garrett Jo, Williford V, Petersen E. Influences on operative time and patient outcome in thoracic spinal cord stimulator placement. 2012.
    25. Bahgat D, Ghaleb A, Petersen E. Spinal Cord Stimulation for Post-Orchiectomy Neuropathic Pain: Case Report. 2012.
    26. 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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    27. Whitworth LA, Petersen E. Youmans Neurological Surgery. Pharmacological Treatment of Pain. 2011.
    28. Whitworth LA, Petersen E. Essential Techniques in Operative Neurosurgery. Motor Cortex Stimulator Placement. 2011.
    29. Whitworth LA, Petersen E. Handbook of Movement Disorders. Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy. 2011.
    30. 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.
    31. 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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    32. 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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    33. 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.
    34. 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.
    35. 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.
    36. 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.
    37. Petersen E, Morrill KC. Multilevel anterior cervical fusion with Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2. 2008.
    38. Petersen E, Samson DS, White JA. Intracranial aneurysms in pediatric patients. 2007.
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