“Valvular heart disease is a field that brings together a lot of different specialties: from basic scientists to epidemiologists to cardiac surgeons, interventional cardiologists, imaging specialists and valve experts. It has become an integrative field, which is actually being reflected in people’s practice.” – Dr. Catherine Otto
Catherine M. Otto, MD is the J. Ward Kennedy-Hamilton Professor of Cardiology and Director of the cardiovascular disease fellowship training program at the University of Washington. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, and the American Heart Association. A graduate of Reed College in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Otto went on to earn her medical degree with honors at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in 1982 and returned to the University of Seattle for her cardiology fellowship.
A luminary in her field, Dr. Otto’s practice focuses on knowledge-based decision-making using established national guidelines for patient care and involving the patient actively in the decision making process. She has studied and treated all types of cardiovascular disease with a focus on valvular heart disease (aortic stenosis, bicuspid aortic valve, mitral regurgitation, mitral valve prolapse, etc.), Marfan syndrome and related disorders, cardiac involvement in systemic diseases, and adults with congenital heart disease.
Dr. Otto is a well-respected author and researcher and has authored multiple publications including the Textbook of Clinical Echocardiography, 6th Edition, Echocardiography Review Guide, 3nd Edition, Practice of Clinical Echocardiography, 5th Edition, and Valvular Heart Disease. She is series editor for the four-volume Practical Echocardiography series.
In the past five years there have been tremendous advances in valvular heart disease at the basic science level. So, in the book, we expanded upon the basic science. We’ve also expanded on the epidemiologic risk factors that are associated with valve disease, and on the therapy side. The book reflects how we’re providing care now for valvular heart patients.
It’s exciting that there are so many people interested in valvular heart disease now. We’ve been able to recruit excellent authors from around the world with expertise in each of the different areas. I think it’s brought a lot of depth to the book. To have that kind of expertise and interaction between the authors has enhanced what we can offer in Valvular Heart Disease.
Valvular heart disease is a field that brings together a lot of different specialties: from basic scientists to epidemiologists to cardiac surgeons, interventional cardiologists, imaging specialists and valve experts. It has become an integrative field, which is actually being reflected in people’s practice. Medical centers are developing valve centers with integrated expertise across the traditional specialties. Valvular Heart Disease provides the backbone for that kind of valve clinic.