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Catherine M.

Professor, Medicine
J. Ward Kennedy-Hamilton Endowed Chair in Cardiology
Director, Heart Valve Clinic
Attending Physician
Sites of Practice
UW Medical Center - Montlake



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

Non-Clinical Administrative Support:
Sally Habegger

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


Catherine Otto is the J. Ward Kennedy-Hamilton Endowed Chair in Cardiology, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Heart Valve Clinic at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. She is recognized internationally as an expert in the diagnosis and management of heart valve disease, Marfan syndrome and other inherited structural heart conditions. 

Dr. Otto’s research has transformed our understanding of calcific valve disease, showing that it may be amenable to medical therapy rather than being an inevitable consequence of aging. She is the author of several cardiology textbooks and cardiology editor-in-chief for the online medical textbook Up-to-Date. She currently serves as Editor in Chief of the journal Heart, and the Journal of British Cardiovascular Society, published by BMJ Publishing.

Dr. Otto's practice focuses on knowledge-based decision-making using established national guidelines for patient care and involving the patient actively in the decision process. 

Education & Training 

Fellowship in Cardiology

University of Washington

Seattle, WA

Residency in Internal Medicine

The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center

New York, NY


University of Washington

Seattle, WA


Reed College

Portland, OR


Distinguished Scientist Award (Clinical Domain), American College of Cardiology


Honors, University of Washington School of Medicine

Research Interests

  • Calcific Aortic Valve Disease.
  • Validation of Noninvasive Measures of Disease Severity
  • Establishing the Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Valve Disease
  • Defining the Clinical Risk Factors Associated with Calcific Valve Disease
  • Aortic sclerosis
  • Marfan Syndrome: Prevention of Aortic Root Dilation
  • Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Stenosis: Etiology and Prevention of Disease Progression

Clinical Interests

  • Aortic valve stenosis
  • Bicuspid aortic valve
  • Mitral regurgitation, mitral valve prolapse and stenosis
  • Aortic regurgitation
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Loey-Dietz syndrome
  • Cardiac involvement in systemic diseases and other inherited cardiac conditions