Susan M. Ott M.D.

Susan M. Ott M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Metabolic Bone Disease, Nephrology (Kidney Care)




Dr. Ott is a professor of medicine with adjunct appointments in radiology and orthopedics. She specializes in research and clinical treatments for metabolic bone disease, such as osteoporosis.

She earned a bachelor's degree from Stanford and her medical degree at the University of Washington. After a residency at the University of California, Davis, she completed a fellowship in nephrology (kidney disease and treatment) at UW. She is board-certified in both internal medicine and nephrology.

Patient Care Philosophy

In every case, it is essential to learn all of the details that could affect an individual patient's bones.  I then use medical knowledge to design the best treatment plan.

It is important for patients to understand the benefits of activity, nutrition and medications. I spend time educating patients and answering their questions because medical care must be a partnership between physician and patient.

Personal Interests

Hiking, reading literature, Web development

Clinical Interests

  • Bone metabolism
  • Osteoporosis
  • Transplant bone disease
  • Osteodystrophy
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Paget's disease
  • Chronic kidney disease

Research Interests

  • Effect of bisphosphonates on bone quality
  • Effect of contraceptives on bone density and fracture rates
  • Treatment of renal osteodystrophy
  • Osteoporosis

Univ. of Washington, School of MedicineMedical education1974


Board Certifications

American Board of Internal MedicineNephrology1982
American Board of Internal MedicineInternal Medicine1978
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