Catherine M. Otto M.D.

 Catherine  M. Otto M.D.

Specialties and Expertise



Regional Heart Center




Cardiac Clinic & Services at UWMC

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


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.

Dr. Otto is recognized internationally as an expert in heart valve disease, Marfan syndrome and other inherited structural heart conditions.

Dr. Otto's 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 for this research.

Personal Interests

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.

Clinical Interests

UW - Division of CardiologyFellowshipCardiovascular Disease1984
Univ. of Washington, School of MedicineMedical education1979


Board Certifications

American Board of Internal MedicineCardiovascular Disease1985
American Board of Internal MedicineInternal Medicine1982
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