Catherine Otto

Catherine M. Otto is an echocardiography specialist, director of Training Programs in Cardiovascular Disease at Cardiology Division, University of Washington Medical Center, who has authored echocardiography textbooks. The major fields she works in are valvular heart disease,[1][2][3] adult congenital heart disease, and echocardiography.


She obtained a B.A. from Reed College in 1975, an M.D. from the University of Washington in 1979, and did her residency at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center from 1979 to 1982 in internal medicine) and a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Washington from 1982 till 1985.


Otto is an expert on calcific (aortic stenosis) and received the 2011 American College of Cardiology Distinguished Scientist Award (Clinical Domain) for her research on this subject. In addition, Otto is the author of several cardiology books.

In January, 2014, she was appointed editor-in-chief of Heart, the official journal of the British Cardiovascular Society.

Selected publications

  • C. Otto and B. Bonow. Valvular Heart Disease, 3rd ed, Elsevier/Saunders, 2009
  • C. Otto. Textbook of Clinical Echocardiography, 4th ed, Elsevier, 2009
  • D. Oxorn and C. Otto. Atlas of Intraoperative Transesophageal Echocardiography: Surgical and Radiologic Correlations, Elsevier, 2006
  • C. Otto. The Practice of Clinical Echocardiography, 3rd edition. Elsevier, 2008
  • C. Otto, B. Schwaegler and R. Freeman Echocardiography Review Guide, 2nd ed., Elsevier, 2011
  • C. Otto and L. Gillam. 'Advanced Echocardiographic Approaches', Elsevier, 2012


  1. Emery, Gene (20 July 1999). "Stiff valve is warning sign". Detroit Free Press. Reuters. p. 14F. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  2. Greenberg, Brigitte (2 October 1999). "Hardening of a tiny valve may predict future heart disease". The Leader-Post. Regina, Saskatchewan. p. D5. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  3. Nano, Stephanie (3 March 2005). "Leaky heart valve may mean danger of dying". The Journal News. White Plains, New York. AP. p. 14A. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
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