Catherine M. Otto, MD

Catherine M. Otto, MD is Professor of Medicine and the J. Ward Kennedy-Hamilton Endowed Chair in Cardiology at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington, USA.  She is the Editor-in-Chief of Heart, the official journal of the British Cardiovascular Society.  At the University of Washington, she served as Director of the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program for 20 years and currently is Director of the Heart Valve and Aortic Disease Clinic, with an active clinical practice.   

Dr. Otto is recognized as an expert on calcific aortic valve disease.  Dr. Otto’s research has transformed our understanding of this disease process, showing that it is an active disease process that may be amenable to medical therapy, rather than being an inevitable consequence of aging.  She received for the 2011 American College of Cardiology Distinguished Scientist Award (Clinical Domain) for this research and has received numerous other awards including the 2008 UW School of Medicine Award for Excellence in Mentoring Women and Minorities, the 2011 Teamwork, Leadership and Caring Award from the UW Medical Center, and the 2013 UW School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award.  She is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and European Society of Cardiology.

In addition, Dr. Otto is the author of the Textbook of Clinical Echocardiography (6th Edition, 2018) and is editor of The Practice of Clinical Echocardiography (5th Edition, 2017), Atlas of Intraoperative Echocardiography (with Don Oxorn, 2nd Edition, 2018), Valvular Heart Disease (with Bob Bonow, 4th Edition, 2014) and the Echocardiography Review Guide (with Becky Schwaegler and Rose Freeman, 3rd Edition, 2016).  She also is a Cardiology Editor-in-Chief for the online medical textbook Up-to-Date.

Co-sponsored by SCA and the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE), this prestigious lectureship is presented by an individual who has demonstrated sustained excellence in echocardiography or cardiovascular ultrasound and whose career has served to promote and improve the field of perioperative echo.