David S. Owens, MD, MS
Associate Professor
Co-Director, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Clinic
Attending Physician, University of Washington Medical Center

Faculty Information


Dr. Owens is a UW assistant professor within the Division of Cardiology. He is board certified in cardiovascular diseases and specializes in inherited heart disorders, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and sports cardiology. He directs the UW Cardiovascular Genetics and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy clinics, is a member of the UW Center for Sports Cardiology, and serves as a cardiovascular consultant to athletic teams at the university and professional level. 

Dr. Owens’ education and training include a B.S. from Carleton College, an M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, and a M.S. in epidemiology/clinical research methodology from the University of Washington. He completed residency in internal medicine at Washington University in St. Louis and did a post-doctoral research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before completing cardiology fellowship training at the University of Washington. He has been on staff at the University of Washington Medical Center since 2009 and is currently supported by a KL2 research award. 

Dr. Owens’ research has focused on the genetics of calcific aortic valve disease, clinical aspects of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and issues related to cardiovascular screening and sudden death in athletes. He has written multiple book chapters on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and has published research in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Circulation and other journals.

Dr. Owens believes patients and families with rare or inherited heart conditions face many uncertainties and challenges, and has sought to build a space where those with uncommon heart disorders can feel understood. He enjoys working with patients to help put their heart disease into life context and emphasize patient education and a partnership approach to treatment decisions. He believes sports and exercise are key components to healthy living and work with athletes of all levels to ensure safe exercise and sports participation. Dr. Owens' personal interests include spending time with family, running, hiking, soccer, reading, and philosophy.

Education & Training: 
University of Washington, Department of Epidemiology
Seattle, WA
Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics
Seattle, WA
Fellowship in Cardiology
University of Washington Medical Center
Seattle, WA
Post-Doctoral Research Training
National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Cardiovascular Branch
Bethesda, MD
Residency in Internal Medicine
Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO
MA, Philosophy
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN
Graduate Study
Indiana University, Department of Philosophy
BS, Physics
Carleton College
Northfield, MN
Bruce Laughlin Award, given to UW cardiology fellow with “outstanding academic contributions and potential”
Postdoctoral Research Award, American Heart Association, Pacific Mountain Affiliate
Henry Christian Award, American Federation for Medical Research
Institute for Translational Health Sciences Scholar
Age, Gene-Environment Susceptibility (AGES)-Reykjavik Study consultant
UW Cardiology Fellows’ Teaching Award
KL2 Scholar, University of Washington
Grace Marie Kaylor Endowed Award, given to UW faculty for “meritorious” research presentation
Mailing Address: 

University of Washington Medical Center 
1959 NE Pacific Street
Box 356422 
Seattle, WA 98195-6422


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For appointments or other clinical matters, please contact the Heart Institute.


Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 
  • Cardiovascular Genetics
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiovascular Screening
  • Sudden Death in Athletes
Clinical Interests: 
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Inherited Cardiac Disease
  • Valvular Heart Disease
  • General Cardiology
  • Echocardiography