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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
    University of Washington

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 training experience for the first-year ID fellows. 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, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance ID Consult service, and General Medicine Ward service. He was honored by a Teamwork Leadership and Caring Award at UWMC in 2009. He is a reviewer for the IDSA Journal Club. He is collaborating 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 is the author of numerous textbook chapters, papers, and abstracts dedicated to topics in general ID. 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 has earned a reputation as an outstanding teacher, and has won the Beeson Housestaff Teaching Award, was named 2010's Outstanding CME Teacher of the Year, and was a finalist as 2012's UW Medical School's Teacher of the Year. Mountaineering is his passion.

Selected Publications


Jain R, Pottinger P.  The effect of gastric acid on the absorption of posaconazole. Clin Infect Dis. 2008; 46(10): 1627. PMID: 18419503
Link to Oxford Journal


Ojo KK, Sapkota AR, Ojo TB, Pottinger PS. Antimicrobial resistance gene distribution: a socioeconomic and sociocultural perspective. GMS Krankenhaushyg Interdiszip. 2008; 3(3): Doc26. PMID: 20204098
PubMed Abstract


Shoeb M, Lopez de Castilla D, Webb K, Pottinger PS.  Forest for the trees: Tuberculosis control efforts in west Kalimantan.  Trop Doct. 2011; 41(1): 63-4. PMID: 21109608
PubMed Abstract


Sapkota AR, Coker ME, Sweet SJ, Rosenberg RE, Kinney EL, Sopeju PO3, Ojo MT, Otivhia E, Ayepola OO, Olajuyigbe OO, Laura Shireman, Pottinger PS,  Ojo KK.  Self-medication of antibiotics for menstrual symptoms among university women in Southwest NigeriaBMC Public Health. 2010; 10: 610. PMID: 20946686
PubMed Abstract


Levitt MR, Gabikian P, Pottinger PS, Silbergeld DL.  Propionibacterium acnes osteomyelitis occuring 23 years after craniotomy: case report and review of literature. Neurosurgery. 2011; 69(3): E773-9. PMID: 21471838
PubMed Abstract


Butler-Wu SM, Burns EM, Pottinger PS, et al.  Optimization of periprosthetic culture for the diagnosis of Propionibacterium acnes prosthetic joint infection. J Clin Micro. 2011; 49(7): 2490-5. PMID: 21543562
PubMed Abstract


Aitken ML, Limaye A, Pottinger P, et al.  Respiratory outbreak of Mycobacterium abscessus subspecies massiliense in a lung transplant and cystic fibrosis center.  Am J Resp Crit Care Med. 2012; 185(2): 231-2.
PubMed Abstract


Bedard B, Kennedy B, Escuyer V, Mitchell K, Duchin JS, Pottinger P, et al.  Tattoo-associated nontuberculous mycobacterial skin iInfections — multiple states, 2011–2012.  Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). 2012; 61(33): 653-6.
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Pottinger P, Butler-Wu S, Nerakilek MB, et al.  Prognostic factors for bacterial cultures positive with propionibacterium acnes and other organisms in cases of shoulder arthroplasty revised for stiffness, pain, or loosening.   J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012; 94: 2075-83. PMID: 23172325
PubMed Abstract


Chu HY, Jain R, Xie H, Pottinger PS, Fredricks D.  Voriconazole therapeutic drug level monitoring: Retrospective cohort study of the relationship to clinical outcomes and adverse events. BMC Infect Dis. 2013; 13(1):105.  PMID: 23442261
• BMC Abstract


Pottinger PS.  Our lights are on for safety: Comment on "Preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infection in the United States."  Invited commentary. JAMA Intern Med. 2013; 173(10): 879-80. PMID: 23529673
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