Kristen K. Patton, MD
Attending Physician, University of Washington Medical Center

Faculty Information


Dr. Patton is an electrophysiologist in the Division of Cardiology. Her clinical interests include diagnosis and management of heart rhythm disorders such as rapid or slow rhythms; evaluation for individuals at risk for cardiac arrest; implantation and management of cardiovascular implantable devices (pacemaker, implantable defibrillator, and biventricuar pacemaker-defibrillator); and ablation for supraventricular and ventricular tachycardias and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. 

She earned her bachelor's degree from the University Chicago, and her medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University. She completed an internal medicine residency, cardiology fellowship, and electrophysiology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. During her cardiology fellowship, she did research on the genetics of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in the Seidman laboratory at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. She came to the University of Washington as an assistant professor in 2004. She is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.

Dr. Patton believes  in ensuring each patient feels listened to, and can act as a partner in making medical decisions. Her personal interests include reading, hiking, learning to throw to be able to pitch to small children, and cooking for friends.

Education & Training: 
Clinical Fellowship in Cardiology and Electrophysiology
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
Research Fellowship in Cardiology
Massachusetts General Hospital Seidman Lab (Genetics), Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA
Residency in Internal Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
Oregon Health Sciences University
Portland, OR
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Chair, American Heart Association Fellow and Electrocardiogram and Arrhythmias Committee
Best Doctors in America
FDA Circulatory System Devices Panel Committee Member
American Council of Graduate Medical Education Internal Medicine Review Committee Member
American College of Cardiology Fellow and Electrophysiology Section Council Member
American Heart Association Fellow and Electrocardiogram and Arrhythmias Committee Member
Heart Rhythm Society Fellow and Scientific and Clinical Documents Committee Member
American Board of Internal Medicine Cardiovascular Specialty Board Member
Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honor Society
Mailing Address: 
University of Washington Medical Center
1959 NE Pacific Street
Box 356422
Seattle, WA 98195-6422

Non-Clinical Administrative Support Contact:

Lori Joubert


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


Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 
  • Cardiovascular Implanted Electronic Devices: Management, Extraction, Communication
  • Inherited Arrhythmia Disorders
  • Use of Simulation in Patient Care
  • Teaching: Feedback, Simulation, 3D Printing
  • Arrhythmia: Epidemiology and Genetics of Atrial Fibrillation Stroke and Sudden Death
  • Risk prediction of sudden cardiac death; the epidemiology of atrial fibrillation: lifecourse risk factors, racial differences, genetics, and risk prediction
  • Cardiovascular implanted electronic devices (CIEDs) in young adults
  • Genetics, pharmacotherapy, cardiac rhythm devices in athletes
Clinical Interests: 
  • Arrhythmia Diagnosis and Management
  • Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Pacemaker and Defibrillator Implantation and Management, Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy, CIED, Lead Extraction
  • Ablation
  • Management of Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices; Inherited Arrhythmia Disorders