David T. Linker M.D.

David T. Linker M.D.

Specialties and Expertise



Regional Heart Center


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Cardiac Clinic & Services at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.598.4300|Map It 


Dr. Linker is director of the Inpatient Cardiology Consultation Service at UWMC, and a UW associate professor of medicine and bioengineering. In addition to general cardiology, he is an expert in congenital heart disease and echocardiography.

He also conducts research on new methods for cost-effective diagnosis of asymptomatic atrial fibrillation to prevent stroke. In addition, he has helped make the Seattle Heart Failure Model a practical tool to help physicians and patients understand the potential benefits of therapies.

Dr. Linker earned his bachelor’s and M.D. degrees from Stanford University, as well as a master’s in bioengineering from the University of Washington. He first came to the UW as a resident in internal medicine, ultimately completing that residency, as well as another residency in pediatrics, and a fellowship in cardiology. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Stanford University.

He has 30 years of experience in cardiology. His first position was at the Regional Hospital and Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim, Norway, where he was for over 6 years. He then spent two years at the Thoraxcentre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands as director of the echocardiography laboratory, before returning to the University of Washington in 1993. He board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and pediatrics. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Society of Echocardiography and the European Society of Cardiology.

Patient Care Philosophy

I view my relationship with the patient as being a consultant. In addition to diagnosis, my role is to help them understand their condition and the options for treatment, and how these fit with their personal preferences. I can then help coordinate the full resources and skills we have at the Regional Heart Center to help the patient achieve the treatment goals.

During my career I have seen a dramatic increase in effective treatments for a wide range of heart conditions, and it is gratifying to practice at an institution that is capable of providing all of these treatments. I often say that medicine is a “team sport”, and we are fortunate to have an outstanding team at the University of Washington.

Personal Interests

Skiing, hiking, mountaineering, reading and computer programming.

Clinical Interests

Valvular heart disease; congenital heart disease; general cardiology; echocardiography.

Research Interests

Atrial fibrillation, risk models of heart disease, effective choice of diagnostic tests, diastolic function/dysfunction, echocardiography and commercialization of research.


Stanford University School of MedicineMedical education1976
Stanford University Medical CenterFellowshipPediatric Cardiology
Univ. of Calif. Davis Medical CenterInternship
UW - Dept. of PediatricsResidencyPediatrics
UW - Division of CardiologyFellowshipCardiology
UW - Division of General Internal MedicineResidencyInternal Medicine


Board Certifications

American Board of Internal MedicineCardiovascular Disease1989
American Board of PediatricsPediatrics1984
American Board of Internal MedicineInternal Medicine1979
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