Catherine M. Otto, M.D., is the J. Ward Kennedy-Hamilton Endowed Chair in Cardiology, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Heart Valve Clinic at the UW School of Medicine in Seattle. She is recognized internationally as an expert in heart valve disease, Marfan syndrome and other inherited structural heart conditions.
Her clinical interests include cardiovascular disease with a focus on valvular heart disease, including aortic stenosis, bicuspid aortic valve, aortic regurgitation, mitral regurgitation, mitral valve prolapse and stenosis; Marfan syndrome; Loey-Dietz syndrome; cardiac involvement in systemic diseases; and congenital heart disease.
Dr. Otto's transformational 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 (Clinical Domain) for this research.
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.