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Paul S.

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

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Dr. Pottinger is a Professor in the ID Division's Clinician-Educator Pathway. He is Director of the ID Training Program. He also co-directs the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at UWMC, which aims to improve the use of anti-infective medications for the complex 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 primary immunodeficiency patients.

He attends on the UWMC inpatient General ID Consult Service, Solid Organ Transplantation ID Consult Service, and General Medicine Teaching Service. 

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.  

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.

education & training

MD, Yale University, New Haven CT (1998)

Categorical Internal Medicine Internship & Residency, University of Colorado (1998-2001)

Chief Medical Residency, University of Colorado (2001-2002)

Senior Fellowship, Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, University of Washington, Seattle WA (2002-2006)


AOA, Yale Medical School (1998)

Paul Beeson Internal Medicine Teaching Award (2008)

University of Washington Medical Staff Teamwork Leadership & Caring Award (2009)

Outstanding UW CME Teacher of the Year (2010)

UWMC Chief of Medicine Service Award (2013)

Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (FIDSA) (2014)

Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) (2019)

Peer-Elected Seattle Top Doctor, Seattle Magazine & Seattle Met Magazine (multiple years)



  1. Chen SF, Dietz J, Adam M, Alspaugh A, Amieva M, Batten J, Becker P, Boslett B, Chin-Hong P, Decoste-Lopez J, Engle D, Hayward K, Nevins A, Pottinger P, Porwal A, Schwartz B, Smith S, Sow M, Prober C. Designing a Flexible, Multi-School Curriculum for a Foundational Medical School Course: Implications for National Curriculum Reform. Academic Medicine February 2019. (PMID: 30801270) [Original Work]
  2. Saeed K, McLaren AC, Schwarz EM, Antoci V, Arnold WV, Chen AF, Clauss M, Esteban J, Gant V, Hendershot E, Hickok N, Higuera CA, Coraça-Huber DC, Choe H, Jennings JA, Joshi M, Li WT, Noble PC, Phillips KS, Pottinger PS, Restrepo C, Rohde H, Schaer TP, Shen H, Smeltzer M, Stoodley P, Webb JCJ, Witsø E. The 2018 International Consensus Meeting on Musculoskeletal Infection: Summary from the Biofilm Workgroup and consensus on Biofilm related Musculoskeletal Infections. J Orthop Res Jan 22, 2019. (PMID: 30667567) [Guideline Consensus Statement]
  3. Sanger PC, Granich M, Olsen-Scribner R, Jain R, Lober WB, Stapleton A, Pottinger PS. Electronic Surveillance For Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection Using Natural Language Processing. AMIA Annu Symp Proc April 16, 2018. (PMID: 29854220) [Original Work]
  4. Pottinger PS, Kassamali Z, Wright TC, Scott JD, Martinez-Paz N, Lynch JB. Tele-antimicrobial stewardship in action Current Treatment Options in Infectious Diseases 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s40506-018-0161-0 [Review].
  5. Luther V, Shnekendorf R, Abbo L, Advani S, Armstrong W, Barsoumian A, Beeler C, Bystritsky R, Cherabuddi K, Cohen S, Hamilton K, Ince D, Justo JA, Logan A, Lynch JB, Nori P, Ohl C, Patel P, Pottinger PS, Schwartz B, Stack C, Zhou Y. Antimicrobial Stewardship Training for Infectious Diseases Fellows: A Program Director Survey Identifies the Need for a Stewardship Curriculum. Clinical Infectious Diseases April 16, 2018. (PMID: 29668905) [Original Work] *Top 10% of Downloaded Articles in CID 2018.
  6. Davis GE, Baik FM, Liddell RM, Ayars AG, Branch KR, Pottinger PS, Hillel AD, Helmick K, Collins D. Gorilla endoscopic sinus surgery: a life-saving collaboration between human and veterinarian medicine. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology. February 2018. (PMID: 29569338) [Case Report]
  7. Santos MA, White AA, Pottinger PS. Scratching beneath the surface. J Hosp Med November 2017. (PMID: 29444194) [Clinical Problem Solving]
  8. Dellinger EP, Jain R, Pottinger PS. Commentary on the influence of reported penicillin allergy. Clinical Infectious Diseases October 2017. (PMID: 29361016) [Commentary]
  9. *Appa AA, Jain R, Rakita RM, Hakimian S, Pottinger PS. Characterizing cefepime neurotoxicity: A systematic review. Open Forum Infectious Diseases. October 2017. (PMID: 29071284) [Original Work]
  10. McGuffin S, Harnish J, Pottinger PS. Clofazimine in nontuberculous mycobacterial infections: a growing niche.  Open Forum Infectious Diseases August 2017. [Review]
  11. Bajema K, Simonson PD, Greninger AL, Coruh B, Pottinger PS, Bhattacharya, Liou IW, Jalikis FG, Fligner CL, Rakita R. Acute Liver Failure Due to Echovirus 9 Associated with Persistent B Cell Depletion from Rituximab. Open Forum Infectious Diseases August 2017. (PMID: 28948184) [Case Report]
  12. *Goldman JD, Gallaher, A, Jain R, Stednick Z, Menon MP, Boeckh MJ, Pottinger PS, Schwartz SM, Casper C. Infusion-compatible antibiotic formulations for rapid administration to improve outcomes in cancer outpatients with severe sepsis and septic shock: the "Sepsis STAT Pack". J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 Apr;15(4):457-464. (PMID: 28404756) [Original Work]
  13. Konnick EQ, Chow SK, Reder NP, Sengupta DJ, Hoogestraat DR, Pottinger PS, Abbott AN, Monsaas PW, Kurosawa K, Stephens K, Salipante SJ, Yeung CC. Incidental identification of Strongyloides stercoralis infection by broad-range 28S rDNA gene sequencing in a patient with a hematolymphoid malignancy.  Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2016 Sep 4. (PMID: 27645607) [Case Report]
  14. D’Angeli MA, Baker JB, Call DR, Davis MA, Kauber JK, Malhotra U, Matsuura GT, Moore DA, Porter C, Pottinger P, Stockwell V, Wagner C, Wohrle R, Yoder J, Hampson LH, Rabinowitz P. Antimicrobial stewardship through a one health lens: observations from Washington State. Int J Health Gov 2016; 21(3):114-130. DOI 10.1108/IJHG-02-2016-0009. [Original Work] (Winner of Emerald Publishing Literati Annual Award)
  15. *Merel SM, Meier CA, McKinney CM, Pottinger PS.  Antimicrobial use on a comfort care protocol: a retrospective cohort study. J Palliative Med June 2016. (PMID: 27309999) [Original Work]
  16. Sanford C, Pottinger PS. Travel and adventure medicine resources. Med Clin North Am. 2016 Mar;100(2):411-6. (PMID: 26900122) [Invited Review]
  17. Hahn W, Pottinger PS. Malaria in the Traveler: How to Manage Before Departure and Evaluate Upon Return. (Review). Med Clin North Am. 2016 2016 Mar;100(2):289-302 (PMID: 26900114). [Invited Review]
  18. Pottinger PS, Sanford C. Adventure and travel medicine: Preface. Med Clin North Am. 2016 Mar; 100(2):xvii-xviii. (PMID: 26900124) [Invited Review]
  19. Hong JH, Stetsenko GY, Pottinger PS, George E. Presentation of Disseminated Histoplasmosis as a Solitary Peri-anal Ulcer. Case Report and Discussion. J Cutaneous Pathology March 2016. (PMID: 26969605) [Case Report]
  20. Kapnadak S, Hisert KB, Pottinger PS, Limaye AP, Aitken ML. Infection control strategies that successfully controlled an outbreak of Mycobacterium abscessus at a cystic fibrosis center. Am J Infect Control 2015 October 3. (PMID: 26442462) [Original Work]
  21. Chow SK, Jain R, Black D, Pottinger PS, Fang FC, Butler-Wu SB. The Devil is in the Details: Impact of Penicillin Susceptibility Reporting on the Treatment of Streptococcal Infective Endocarditis. Clin Infect Dis 2015 September 23. (PMID: 26400995) [Letter to Editor]
  22. Vaughn JE, Othus M, Powell MA, Gardner KM, Rizzuto DL, Hendrie PC, Becker PS, Pottinger PS, Estey EH, Walter RB.  Resource Utilization and Safety of Outpatient Management Following Intensive Induction or Salvage Chemotherapy for Acute Myeloid Leukemia or Myelodysplastic Syndrome: A Nonrandomized Clinical Comparative Analysis. JAMA Oncol 2015 September 10. (PMID: 26355382) [Original Work]
  23. 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. (PMID: 26017150) [Original Work]
  24. 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 (JAAOS). 2015 Apr;23 Suppl:S18-25. (PMID: 25808966) [Invited Review]
  25. 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 (JAAOS). 2015 Apr;23 Suppl:S44-54. (PMID: 25808969) [Invited Review]
  26. 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. (PMID: 25529016) [Original Work]
  27. 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. (PMID: 25547858) [Original Work]
  28. 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. (PMID: 25444267) [Original Work]
  29. Lee MJ, Pottinger PS, Butler-Wu S, Bumgarner RE, Russ SM, Matsen FA. Propionibacterium persists in the skin in spite of standard surgical preparation. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2014 Sept 03; 96(17):1447-1450.  (PMID:25187583) [Original Work]
  30. McGoldrick ET, McElvany M, Butler-Wu S, Pottinger PS, Matsen FA. Substantial cultures of Propionibacterium can be found in apparently aseptic shoulders revised three or more years after the index artrhoplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg 2014 July 8. (PMID: 25022444) [Original Work]
  31. Chan JD, Jain R, Rogers L, Lynch JB, Dellit TH, Pottinger PS. High incidence of discontinuations due to adverse events in patients treated with ceftaroline. Pharmacotherapy 2014 May 7. (PMID: 24807197) [Original Work]
  32. Kalapila A, Pergam S, Pottinger P, Butler-Wu S, Whimbey E, Duchin J.  Multidrug Resistant Bacteroides fragilis-Seattle, Washington. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). August 30, 2013. (PMID: 23985497) [Case Report]
  33. Shepherd AK, Pottinger PS. Management of urinary tract infections in the era of increasing antimicrobial resistance. Med Clin North Am. 2013 Jul; 97(4):737-57. (PMID: 23809723) [Invited Review]
  34. Pottinger PS.  Methicillin Staphylococcus aureus infections. Med Clin North Am. 2013 Jul; 97(4):601-19.  (PMID: 23809716) [Invited Review]
  35. Falsey RR, Kinzer MH, Hurst S, Kalus A, Pottinger PS, Duchin JS, Zhang J, Noble-Wang J, Shinohara M.  Cutaneous inoculation of nontuberculous mycobacteria during professional tattooing: A case series and epidemiologic study.  Clin Infect Dis. 2013 Jun 19. (PMID: 23704119) [Original Work]
  36. *Abbo L, Cosgrove S, Pottinger PS, Srinivasan A, Jernigan J, Pereya M, Hooton M. Medical students' perceptions and knowledge about antimicrobial stewardship: How are we educating our future providers?  Clin Infect Dis. 2013 Jun 23. (PMID: 23728148) [Original Work]
  37. Pottinger PS.  Our Lights are On for Safety: Comment on "Preventing Catheter-Associated Uniary Tract Infection in the United States." Invited commentary. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Mar 25:1-2. (PMID: 23529673) [Invited Editorial]
  38. 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. Feb 26 2013; 13(1):105. (PMID: 23442261) [Original Work]
  39. *Pottinger P, Butler-Wu S, Nerakilek MB, Merritt A, Bertelsen A, Jette JL, Warme WJ, Matsen FA.  Prognostic factors for bacterial cultures positive with propionibacterium acnes and other organisms in cases of shoulder arthroplasty revised for stiffness, pain, or loosening. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery November 2012; 94:2075-83. (PMID: 23172325) [Original Work]
  40. Bedard B, Kennedy B, Escuyer V, Mitchell K, Duchin JS, Pottinger P, Hurst S, Sharp K, Wickham T, Jackson S, Bamberg W, LeBlanc P, Katz LM, MacCannell T, Noble-Wang J, O’Connell H, Kallen A, Jensen B, Nguyen DB, Kinzer MH.  Tattoo-Associated Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Skin Infections — Multiple States, 2011–2012. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). 2012 Aug 2461 (33); 653-656. (PMID: 22914227) [Original Work]
  41. Aitken ML, Limaye A, Pottinger P, Whimbey E, Goss CH, Cangelosi GA, Tonelli MR, Dirac MA, Olivier KN, Brown-Elliott BA, McNulty S, Wallace RJ.  Respiratory outbreak of Mycobacterium abscessus subspecies massiliense in a lung transplant and cystic fibrosis center. Am J Resp Crit Care Med, Jan 2012. (PMID: 22246710) [Original Work]
  42. Butler-Wu SM, Burns EM, Pottinger PS, Magaret AS, Rakeman JL, Matsen FA 3rd, Cookson BT. Optimization of Periprosthetic culture for the diagnosis of Propionibacterium acnes Prosthetic Joint Infection. J Clin Micro, May 2011. (PMID: 21543562) [Original Work]
  43. Levitt MR, Gabikian P, Pottinger PS, Silbergeld DL. Propionibacterium Acnes Osteomyelitis Occuring 23 Years After Craniotomy: Case Report and Review of Literature. Journal of Neurosurgery, April 2011. (PMID: 21471838) [Case Report]
  44. 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) [Original Work]
  45. Shoeb M, Lopez de Castilla D, Webb K, Pottinger PS. Forest for the Trees: Tuberculosis Control Efforts in West Kalimantan. Tropical Doctor 2011; 41(1):63-4. (PMID: 21109608) [Original Work]
  46. Jain R, Pottinger P. The effect of gastric acid on the absorption of posaconazole. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2008; 46 (10) 1627. (PMID: 18419503) [Letter to Editor]
  47. 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) [Original Work]
  48. Pottinger P, Sigurdsson F, Berliner N. Detection of the Factor V Leiden mutation in a nonselected black population. Blood. 1996, 1; 87(5):2091. (PMID: 8634464) [Original Work]