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Cardiology (cardiovascular disease)




Catherine Otto, M.D., is a board certified physician at UW Medical Center, director of the UW Heart Valve Clinic, the J. Ward Kennedy-Hamilton Endowed Chair in Cardiology and a UW professor of Cardiology and Medicine.

Dr. Otto is recognized internationally as an expert in heart valve disease, Marfan syndrome and other inherited structural heart conditions. She strives to create active partnerships with her patients to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Dr. Otto earned her M.D. at the UW. She is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. Her research on calcific aortic valve disease shows the disease may be amenable to medical therapy. Her research includes a landmark study demonstrating mild valve thickening is associated with adverse cardiovascular outcomes. She received the American College of Cardiology Distinguished Scientist Award for this research.

Personal Interests

Dr. Otto enjoys serving as cardiology editor-in-chief for Up-to-Date, an online medical textbook, and editor-in-chief for Heart, the journal of the British Cardiovascular Society.
Regional Heart Center at UWMC

Heart Institute at UW Medical Center

1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor Seattle, WA 98195


Adult congenital heart disease, Advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology, Behavioral healthcare, Cancer care and your heart

UW - Division of Cardiology

Fellowship, 1984, Cardiovascular Disease

Univ. of Washington, School of Medicine

Medical education, 1979

New York Hospital

Internship, Internal Medicine

New York Hospital

Residency, Internal Medicine


Board Certifications
  • Cardiovascular Disease, 1985, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine, 1982, American Board of Internal Medicine