Paul S. Pottinger, MD, DTM&H

Paul S. Pottinger, MD, DTM&H
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Paul S. Pottinger, MD, DTM&H

  • Physician, Fred Hutch
  • Associate Professor, Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Physician, UW Medicine

Infectious Disease

“I work with patients and their families to provide the most rapid diagnosis and the most safe and effective treatment of infectious diseases.”

— Dr. Pottinger

Why do you practice oncology?

“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.


Provider Background

Specialty: Infectious Disease



Education, Experience and Certifications

Medical Degree
Yale University

University of Colorado

University of Washington

Board Certification
Infectious Disease, 2004, 2015, American Board of Internal Medicine

Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Internship, University of Colorado


Seattle Met's 2023 Top Doctors award
Dr. Pottinger has received this peer-nominated award for exceptional patient care for multiple years.

Seattle Magazine's 2021 Top Doctors award
Dr. Pottinger has been recognized as a Top Doctor in this peer-nominated award multiple years in a row.

Clinical Trials

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