I work with patients and their families to provide the most rapid diagnosis and the most safe and effective treatment of infectious diseases.
My focus is the prudent use of antibiotics—a field called Antimicrobial Stewardship.
- Associate Professor, Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, University of Washington School of Medicine
- MD: Yale University
- Residency: University of Colorado
- Fellowship: University of Washington
- Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- Dr. Pottinger was recognized as a 2014 "Top Doctor" in Seattle Met magazine's annual survey.
I have directed the Antimicrobial Stewardship program at UWMC since 2007, directed the General Infectious Disease Clinic since 2006, and attended on the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) Infectious Diseases Consult Service since 2007.
Paul Pottinger, MD, is an associate professor in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, and is the associate director of the Infectious Diseases Training Program. Honored with a Teamwork Leadership and Caring Award at UW Medical Center (UWMC) in 2009 and Chief of Medicine Service Award in 2013, Dr. Pottinger also works as an attending physician at SCCA’s infectious diseases consult service, UWMC’s inpatient general infectious diseases consult service, as well as the general medicine service.
“I became a doctor in order to heal patients, and to advance our understanding of medical science,” he said. “Cancer can be very frightening, but in most cases it can also be treated! Patients with cancer deserve our attention, time, and compassion.”
Dr. Pottinger directs several efforts within UWMC. He directs the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, which aims to improve the use of anti-infective medications for patients; and he also directs the UWMC Tropical Medicine & General Infectious Disease Clinic where patients are treated for a broad variety of infectious diseases, including illnesses in returning travelers, patients requiring follow-up while undergoing outpatient intravenous antibiotic treatment, and infections in immunosuppressed patients.
“I am a clinician-educator, but I also investigate the ways in which infectious diseases can be prevented and optimally treated,” Dr. Pottinger said. In his work, he also collaborates with colleagues at UW, Johns Hopkins University, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi, Tanzania, and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda to bring a comprehensive tropical medicine training course to East Africa.
Author of numerous textbook chapters, papers, and abstracts dedicated to topics in general infectious diseases, Dr. Pottinger directs and teaches a variety of courses at the UW School of Medicine and delivers approximately 50 formal lectures per year.
In his lifetime, he hopes to see continued progress in the prevention and treatment of infections that complicate cancer treatment. Until then, in his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and following his passion for mountaineering.