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About Katherine R. Tuttle, MD, FASN, FACP, FNKF

With over 25 years of experience in clinical and translational research, I am well-prepared to serve as a faculty mentor for the T32 training grant in Nephrology at the University of Washington. At Providence Health Care (PHC) I serve as Executive DirectorforResearch, and at University of Washington, I am the Regional Co-Principal Investigator (PI) for the Institute of Translational Health Sciences, clinical Professor of Medicine in Nephrology, and Investigator at the Kidney Research Institute. I have led the research program at PHC for 23 years and successfully conducted numerous research projects with reliable deliverables including high-impact publications and new grants. I have coordinated teams consisting of investigators, trainees (early career scientists, fellows, and graduate students), collaborators and consultants, and research staff. I understand the necessity of regular ongoing communication among team members to achieve realistic plans, timelines, and budgets. My scientific contributions are described in Section C. The particular impact of my work on knowledge of diabetic kidney disease was highlighted at the American Diabetes Association’s 75th Scientific Sessions, (

I have been a lead or study-wide PI for many investigations along with national and international leadership roles in Nephrology research (e.g. steering committees, clinical management and ancillary study committees, data safety monitoring boards). I have mentored 26 trainees inclusive of post-doctoral fellows, sabbatical scientists (national and international), K-Award scholars, and doctoral candidates. Under this tutelage, they consistently gained a number of essential skills that prepared them well for transition to independent scientific and clinical careers. I meet with my trainees at least weekly to review their progress, trouble-shoot experiments and analyses, and provide guidance. I have a strong track record of faithfully overseeing their training experiences to completion. I commit myself to progressive mentorship for T32-supported fellows who join our research team. They will meet all training requirements during the period of this award.


Present Executive Director for Research, Providence

Curriculum Vitae


1990 - 1990 Pathophysiology Of Glomerular Hyperfilteration In Diabetes
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1990 - 1990 Role Of The Kidney In The Hypercalcemia In Malignancy
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 - Present Chair, Abstract Category “Diabetic Kidney Disease”, American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week 2018
2018 - Present Member, Program Committee, American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week 2019
2018 - Present Member, Steering Committee, EMPA-KIDNEY Study, Oxford University, Clinical Trials Service Unit
2018 - Present Co-Chair, Program Committee for 6th Annual Stakeholders Meeting, Kidney Health Initiative
2018 - Present Member, FIRSTx Trial Steering Committee, NephCure Accelerating Cures Institute
2018 - Present Chair, ZDK1 GRB-3 (O3) Review Panel, “CRIC Ancillary Study (R01)
2010 - Present Member, Post-Graduate Education Committee, American Society of Nephrology
2010 - Present Associate Editor, Clinical Journal for the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN)
2010 - Present Chair, Translating CKD Research into Improved Clinical Outcomes, National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney
2007 - Present Chair, Health Care Provider Work Group, National Diabetes Education Program, NIH National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Disease
2007 - Present Member, Planning Committee, Proteinuria as a Surrogate Outcome in Chronic Kidney, National Kidney Foundation and United States Food and Drug Administration Consensus Panel
2006 - Present Member, Operations and Steering Committees for the CORAL Trial, NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
2004 - Present Member, Health Care Provider Work Group, National Diabetes Education Program, NIH National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Disease
2003 - Present Co-Chair, Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease Workgroup, National Kidney Foundation-Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative
1998 - Present Member, Exectuive Council on Hypertension, National Kidney Foundation
2018 Judge, Young Investigator Network Session, International Society of Nephrology, Frontiers Meeting, Tokyo, Japan
1999 Member, Consensus Panel on Treatment of High Blood Pressure in Diabetes, National Kidney Foundation
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Honors and Awards

  • Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame Inductee for Science, Health, and Medicine, 2018
  • John T. Harrington, MD Endowed Professor for World Kidney Day at Tufts University School of Medicine, 2018
  • National Kidney Foundation (NKF) - Garabed Eknoyan Award, 2017
  • Fellow of the National Kidney Foundation, 2016
  • Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame Honoree for Health, Medicine, and Science, 2015
  • Robert & Elaine Collins Lectureship at University of Colorado School of Medicine, 2015
  • Allen I. White Distinguished Lectureship Lecture at Washington State University College of Pharmacy, 2014
  • Florence Ettleson Memorial Lecture at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and Providence Portland Medical Center, 2013
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Clinical Faculty Award, University of Washington School of Medicine, 2012
  • YWCA Woman of Achievement Award in Science, 2009
  • Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology, 2004
  • Fellow of the American College of Physicians, 2001
  • Woman of Distinction: Girl Scouts Inland Empire Council, 2000
  • Best Doctors in America, 1996-present
  • Outstanding Clinical Faculty, Internal Medicine-Spokane, 1992
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 1986


1986 - 1988 Fellowship, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio ‐ Nephrology
1985 - 1986 Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis ‐ Endocrinology and Metabolism
1982 - 1985 Internship, Northwestern University ‐ Medical School
1978 - 1982 MD, Northwestern University ‐ Medical School
1974 - 1978 BS, University of California, Irvine

Research Works (106)