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Robert W Peters
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Robert W Peters M.D.

Academic Title: Clinical Professor
Primary Appointment: Medicine
Additional Title(s): Chief of Cardiology, Baltimore VA Medical Center
robert.peters2@va.gov
Location: Baltimore VA Medical Center, Room 4D-129A
Phone: (410) 605-7191
Fax: (410) 605-7934

Personal History:

EDUCATION and TRAINING

1959 - 1963: B.A., Columbia University, New York City

1963 - 1967: M.D., Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL

1967 - 1968: Internship, University of Southern California, Los Angeles County General Hospital, Los Angeles, CA

1968 - 1969: Residency: Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, IL

1971 - 1972: ResidencyGeorge Washington University Hospital (Residency), Washington, DC

1972 - 1974: Caridiology Fellowship, University of California San Francisco, Mount Zion Hospital, San Francisco, CA

CERTIFICATION

1973: American Board of Internal Medicine

1975: American Board of Internal Medicine Cardiovascular Subspecialty Exam

Research Interests:

Major clinical interests include cardiac arrhythmias, antiarrhythmic drugs, cardiac arrhythmia ablation, cardiac pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators, acute myocardial infarction, and Preventive Cardiology/Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Major research interests include cardiac arrhythmias, sudden cardiac death, antiarrhythmic devices, chronobiology and chronotherapeutics of cardiac arrhythmias and acute cardiac events.


Publications:

Recent Refereed Articles

Degeratu FT, Khalighi K, Peters RW, Shorofsky SR, Gold MR. Sensing lead failure in implantable defibrillators: a comparison of two commonly used leads. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 2000;11:21-24.
 
Gold MR, Brockman R, Peters RW, Olsovsky MR, Shorofsky SR. Acute hemodynamic effects of right ventricular pacing site and pacing mode in patients with congestive heart failure. Am J Cardiol 2000;85:1106-1109..
 
Pelini M, Peters RW, Khalighi K, Shorofsky SR, Gold MR. Short term escape rhythm characteristics after radiofrequency ablation of the atrioventricular junction. J Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiol 2000;4:301-305.
 
Ahrensfeld D, Balke CW, Benitez RM, Peters RW. Transient sinus node dysfunction in acute myocardial infarction associated with the use of a coronary stent. Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions 2000;50:349-351.
 
Peters RW, Zhang X, Gold MR. Clinical predictors and efficacy of antitachycardia pacing in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators: the importance of the patient’s sex. PACE 2001;24:70-74.
 
Rashba EJ, Olsovsky MR, Shorofsky SR, Kirk MM, Peters RW, Gold MR. Temporal decline in defibrillation thresholds with an active pectoral lead system. J Am Coll Cardiol 2001;38:1150-5.
 
Rashba EJ, Bouhouch R, Koshy S, MacMurdy K, Shorofsky SR, Peters RW, Gold MR. A new algorithm for transthoracic cardioversion of atrial fibrillation based on body weight. Am J Cardiol 2001;88:1043-1045.
 
Peters RW, Zoble RG, Brooks MM. The onset of acute myocardial infarction during sleep. Clin Cardiol 2002;25:237-241.
 
Rashba EJ, Cooklin M, MacMurdy K, Kavesh N, Kirk M, Sarang S, Peters RW, Shorofsky SR, Gold MR. Effects of selective autonomic blockade on T-wave alternans. Circulation 2002;105:837-842.
 
Rashba EJ, Bouhouch R, MacMurdy KA, Shorofsky SR, Peters RW, Gold MR. Effect of shock polarity on the efficacy of transthoracic atrial defibrillation. Am Heart J 2002;143:541-5.
 
Rashba EJ, Osman AF, MacMurdy K, Kirk MM, Sarang S, Peters RW, Shorofsky SR, Gold MR. Exercise is superior to pacing for T wave alternans measurement in subjects with chronic coronary artery disease and left ventricular dysfunction. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 2002;13:845-850.
 
Rashba EJ, Osman AF, MacMurdy K, Kirk MM, Sarang S, Peters RW, Shorofsky SR, Gold MR. Influence of QRS duration on the prognostic value of T wave alternans. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 2002;13:770-5.
 
Rashba EJ, Shorofsky SR, Peters RW, Gold MR. Effect of shock polarity on defibrillation thresholds with a hybrid patch-coil lead system. J Interv Card Electrophysiol 2003;9:391-6..
 
Rashba EJ, Bonner M, Wilson J, Shorofsky SR, Peters RW, Gold MR. Distal right ventricular coil position reduces defibrillation thresholds. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 2003;14:1036-40.
 
Shorofsky SR, Peters RW, Rashba EJ, Gold MR: Comparison of step-down and binary-search algorithms for determination of defibrillation threshold in humans. PACE 2004;27:218-20.
 
Rashba EJ, Shorofsky SR, Peters RW, Gold MR. Optimization of atrial defibrillation with a dual-coil, active pectoral lead system. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 2004;15:790-4.
 
Rashba EJ, Gold MR, Crawford FA, Leman RB, Peters RW, Shorofsky SR. A new protocol for transthoracic cardioversion of atrial fibrillation with a biphasic truncated exponential shock waveform. AM J Cardiol 2004;94:1572-1574.
 
Rashba EJ, Osman AF, Macmurdy K, Kirk MM, Sarang SE, Peters RW, Shorofsky SR, Gold MR. Enhanced detection of arrhythmia vulnerability using T wave alternans, left ventricular ejection fraction, and programmed ventricular stimulation: a propective study in subjects with chronic ischemic heart disease. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 2004;15:170-76.
   
Rashba EJ, Shorofsky SR, Brown T, Peters RW, Gold MR. Clinical predictors of atrial defibrillation thresholds with a dual-coil, active pectoral lead system. Heart Rhythm 2005; 2:49-54.
 
Page RL, Zipes DP, Powell RM, Gold MR, Peters RW, Russo AM, Bigger JT, Sung RJ, McBurnie MA. Seasonal variation in mortality in the Antiarrhythmic drugs versus Implantable defibrillators Study registry. Heart Rhythm 2004;1:435-440.
 
Rashba EJ, Farasat M, Kirk MM, Shorofsky SR, Peters RW, Gold MR. Effect of an active abdominal pulse generator on defibrillation thresholds with a dual coil, transvenous ICD system. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 2006;17:617-620.
 
Lederle FA, Sacks JM, Fiore L, Landenfeld CS, Steinberg N, Peters RW, Eid AE, Sebastian J, Stasek JE, Fye CL. The prophylaxis of medical patients for Thromboembolism Pilot Study. Amer J Medicine 2006;119:54-59.
 
Rashba EJ, Shorofsky SR, Scheiner A, Conville R, Peters RW, Ma C, Gold MR. Coronary sinus electrode does not reduce defibrillation thresholds. Heart Rhythm 2006;3:647-652.
 
Khan E, Voudoris A, Shorofsky SR, Peters RW. Inappropriate ICD discharges due to “triple counting” during normal sinus rhythm. Journal Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology 2006;17:153-155.
 
Dickfeld T, Lei P, Jeudy J, Dong J, Voudouris A, Peters R, Saba M, Shekhar R, Shorofsky S. Integration of three-dimensional scar maps for ventricular tachycardia ablation with positron emission tomography-computed tomography. JACC Imaging 2008 (in Press).

Books and Chapters

Scheinman MM, Peters RW: Clinical and electropharmacologic characteristics of patients with bundle branch block. In Cardiac Pacing. Edited by N. El - Sherif and P. Samet. Grune and Stratton, New York, 1980.

Goldschlager N, Scheinman MM, and Peters RW: Atrioventricular intraventricular block in patients with acute myocardial infarction. In Coronary Care. Edited by Karliner JS and Gregoratos G. Churchill Livingston, New York, 1981, Chapter 18, pp 425-448.

Scheinman MM, Peters RW, Sauve MJ, Desai JM, Abbott JA: Clinical Significance of HV interval in patients with chronic bundle branch block and the role of permanent pacemaker insertion. In: Cardiac Electrophysiology Today, Academic Press, 1982.

Peters RW, Scheinman MM, Sauve MJ, Williams K, Desai J, Abbott J, Cogan J: Bundle branch block: Anatomic electrophysiologic and clinical correlates. In Cardiology Update. (Ed. E. Rapport), Elsevier, North Holland New York, 1983 pp 219-240.

Morady F, Peters RW, Scheinman MM: Bradyarrhythmias and bundle branch block. In Medical Emergencies (Ed. M. Scheinman), Saunders, Philadelphia, 1984, Chapter 7, pp 135-151.

Peters RW, Scheinman MM: Anatomic and electrophysiologic aspects of fascicular block. In Cardiac Arrhythmias: From Diagnosis to Therapy. (Ed M. Scheinman and Samuel Levy), Futura, Mt. Kisco, New York, 1984, Chapter 7, pp 137-165.

Peters RW, Scheinman MM: Bundle branch block and atrioventricular conduction disturbances. In Cardiology (Eds Parmley WW, Chatterjee K. JB Lippincott Company, Philadelphia , 1988. Volume 1, Chapter 68 pp 1-22.

Peters RW, Scheinman MM: Bundle branch block and atrioventricular conduction disturbances. In Cardiology: An Illustrated Text/Reference. (Eds. W.W. Parmley, Chatterjee) JB Lippincott Company, Kansas City, 1991. Volume 1, Chapter 48 pp 111-127.

Peters RW: Pacemaker techniques for managements of supraventricular tachycardia In Cardiac Preexcitation Syndromes: Origins, evaluation and treatment. (Ed. D.C. Benditt, D.W. Benson, Jr.) Kluwer Academic Publishers, Norwell, Massachusetts, 1986, Chapter 23, pp 481-490.

Peters RW: Heart Block in acute Myocardial Infarction. In Modern Coronary Care, (Ed G. Francis and J. Alpert) Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1995, Chapter 10, pp 177-192.

Peters RW: Effect of Beta-Blockers on Circadian Variation of Sudden Cardiac Death In Survivors of Myocardial Infarction. In Beta-Blockers and Cardiac Arrhythmia (Ed. P. Deedwania) Marcel Dekker, Inc., N.Y. 1992, Chapter 7, pp 151-164.

Ellenbogen KA, Peters RW: Indications for permanent and temporary cardiac pacing In Principles of Cardiac Pacing (Ed K. Ellenbogen) Blackwell Scientific Publications, Cambridge, MA 1996, 2nd Edition, Chapter 1, pp 1-36.

Gold MR, Peters RW: Tachycardias In Conn's Current Therapy (Ed R.E Rakel) WB Saunders Company, Philadelphia, 1995 pp 236-241.

Peters, RW: Circadian rhythm of sudden cardiac death. In: Circadian Rhythms of Cardiovascular Disorders (Ed P. Deedwania) Futura Publishing Company, Armonk, N.Y. 1997, Chapter 8, pp147-162.

Gold MR, Peters, RW: Pacing in heart failure. In: Clinical Cardiac Pacing (Ed K Ellenbogen, G Neal Kay, B Wilkoff) WB Saunders Company, Philadelphia, 2000, Chapter 20, pp 497-507.

Peters RW, Gold MR. Bradyarrhythmias and indications for pacing – new and emerging. In: Management of Cardiac Arrhythmias (Ed L Ganz) Humana Press, Totowa, New Jersey 2002, Chapter 11, pp163-182.

Peters RW, Ellenbogen KA. Indications for permanent and temporary cardiac pacing. In: Cardiac Pacing 3rd Edition (Ed K Ellenbogen) Blackwell Scientific Publications, Cambridge, MA, 2001, Chapter 1 pp 1-47.

Gold MR, Peters RW. How great is the arrhythmic risk for heart failure patients and does resynchronization therapy modify it. In: Cardiac Arrhythmias 2001 (Ed A Raviele), Springer, Milan, Italy 2001, pp 151-156.

Peters RW, Gold MR. Permanent pacemakers and antiarrhythmic devices. In: Irwin and Rippe’s Intensive Care Medicine, 5th Edition, Silverchair Science & Communications, Charlottesville, VA. (In Press).

Gold MR, Peters RW. Newer applications of pacemakers. In: Cardiac Electrophysiology: From Cell to Bedside. 4th Edition (Ed Zipes DP) W B Saunders, Philadelphia. 2004, Chapter 110, pp1011-1017.

Peters RW, Gold MR. Heart Block. In: Conn’s Current Therapy 2005 (Eds Rakel RE, Bopes ET) Elsevier Saunders 2005, pp 349-353.

Pugazhendhi P, Peters RW, Ellenbogen KA. Indications for permanent and temporary cardiac pacing. In: Cardiac Pacing, 4th edition (Ed K Ellenbogen), Blackwell Scientific Publications, Cambridge, MA 2005, chapter 1, pp 1-46.

Peters RW, Pugazhendhi, P, Ellenbogen KA. Indications for permanent and temporary cardiac pacing. In Cardiac Pacing 5th edition (Ed K Ellenbogen), Blackwell Scientific Publications, Cambridge, MA 2008, (In Press).

Peters RW, Gold MR. Newer applications of pacemakers. In: Cardiac Electrophysiology: From Cell to Bedside. 5th Edition (Ed Zipes DP) WB Saunders, Philadelphia (in Press).