April Stempien-Otero, MD, FACC
Associate Professor
Medicine
Associate Program Director for Research, Cardiology Fellowship
Craig Tall Family Endowed Chair in Heart Failure Research
Attending Physician, University of Washington Medical Center

Faculty Information

Biography

Dr. Stempien-Otero is the Craig Tall Family Endowed Professor in Heart Failure Research and a UW associate professor of medicine. As a practicing heart failure transplant cardiologist who has participated in multicenter clinical trials and undergone substantial additional training in basic science research, Dr. Stempien-Otero has developed the skills to bring bench to bedside studies to fruition.

Her lab is using both mouse and human models to understand the role of bone marrow derived cells in cardiac repair. These studies include a Phase 1 trial to evaluate the histologic effects of injection of bone marrow cells into patients undergoing left ventricular assist device as a bridge to cardiac transplantation. In addition, her lab is collecting cardiac tissue from humans undergoing left ventricular assist device placement or cardiac transplantation. These samples are used for histologic analysis and isolation of RNA from cell fractions.

Dr. Stempien-Otero earned her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and her M.D. from the University of Connecticut’s School of Medicine. After being chief resident at the University of Virginia, she came to the UW for a cardiology fellowship and was chief fellow. She is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology. Among her honors, Dr. Stempien-Otero has been named a Best Doctor in America from 2002-present, received the Mentored Physician Scientist Award from the NIH and been named CME Teacher of the Year by the UW School of Medicine. Dr. Stempien-Otero's personal interests include cooking, soccer, trail running, and shellfish farming and gathering.

Education & Training: 
Fellowship in Cardiology
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
1997
Internship/Residency
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
1993
MD
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Farmington, CT
1990
BA
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
1986
Honors: 
CME Teacher of the Year, University of Washington School of Medicine
2006
Vice President, Executive Board, American Heart Association, Metro King County
2003-2004
Mentored Physician Scientist Award, NIH
2002
Best Doctors in America
2002-NOW
ATVB Merit Award, American Heart Association Annual Meeting
1997
Chief Fellow, University of Washington
1997
Fellowship Award, American Heart Association, Washington Affiliate
1996
Chief Resident, University of Virginia
1993