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Paul Pottinger, MD, DTM&H

  • Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
  • Associate Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program
  • Director, UWMC Antimocrobial Stewardship Program

Dr. Pottinger is an Associate Professor in the ID Division's Clinician-Educator Pathway. He is Associate Director of the ID Training Program, where his efforts focus on optimizing the fellows’ training experience. He also directs the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at UWMC, which aims to improve the use of anti-infective medications for the complex and heterogeneous patient population there. He also directs the UWMC Tropical Medicine & General ID Clinic, which brings ID fellows into contact with patients being treated for a broad variety of infectious diseases, including illnesses among returning travelers, patients requiring follow up while undergoing outpatient IV antibiotic treatment, and congenitally immunosuppressed patients.

He attends on the UWMC inpatient General ID Consult Service, Solid Organ Transplantation ID Consult Service, and General Medicine Ward service. He has earned the UW Chief of Medicine Service Award, and has been named a “Seattle Top Doc.”

He directs and teaches a variety of courses at the School of Medicine, and delivers approximately 50 formal lectures per year to students, residents, fellows, and attendings. He collaborates with colleagues at UW, Johns Hopkins, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, KCMC in Moshi Tanzania, and Makerere University in Kampala Uganda to bring a comprehensive tropical medicine training course to East Africa. He has earned a reputation as an outstanding teacher.  He has received the Beeson Housestaff Teaching Award, UWMC Teamwork Leadership and Caring Award, Outstanding CME Teacher of the Year.

Research is not Dr. Pottinger’s primary focus, but he has mentored students, residents, and fellows on projects related to antimicrobial stewardship, resulting in numerous publications.

Mountaineering is his passion.

Selected Publications

Chu HY, Englund JA, Huang D, Scott E, Chan JD, Jain R, Pottinger PS, Lynch JB, Dellit TH, Jerome KR, Kuypers J.  Impact of rapid influenza PCR testing on hospitalization and antiviral use: A retrospective cohort study.  J Med Virol. 2015 May 27. 
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Nodzo SR, Bauer T, Pottinger PS, Garrigues G, Bedair H, Dermengian C, Segreti J, Parvizi J.  Conventional diagnostic challenges in periprosthetic joint infection.  J Am Acad Orthopaedic Surg.  Apr;23 Suppl:S44-54.
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Shirwaiker RA, Springer BD, Spangehl MJ, Garrigues GE, Lowerberg DW, Garras DN, Yoo JU, Pottinger PS.  A clinical perspective on musculoskeletal infection treatment strategies and challenges.  J Am Acad Orthopaedic Surg.  2015 Apr;23 Suppl:S18-25.
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Salipante SJ, Kalapila A, Pottinger PS, Hoogestraat DR, Cummings L, Duchin JS, Sengupta DJ, Pergam SA, Cookson BT, Butler-Wu SM.  Characterization of a multidrug-resistant, novel bacteroides genomospecies.  Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Jan;21(1):95-8.
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Matsen FA, Russ SM, Bertelsen A, Butler-Wu SM, Pottinger PS.  Propionibacterium can be isolated from deep cultures obtained at the time of primary arthroplasty in spite of standard antimicrobial prophylaxis.  J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2014 December 26.
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Garvin KW, Lipira L, Fox A, Ali F, Neradilek MB, Pottinger PS.  Attitudes Regarding the Safety of Health Care Provider Attire.  Am J Infect Control. 2014 Nov. 
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