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Kathryn J. Trotter
Tel: (919) 613-2632, (919) 660-9672
Office: 2037 Pearson Building
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Kathryn J. Trotter, DNP, CNM, FNP-C, FAANP, FAAN

Associate Professor

  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Trotter is the lead faculty for the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner major. She teaches in the advanced women’s health courses as well as the basic perinatal health course and gynecology content within other courses for all NP students. 50% of her time is clinical practice as a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner in the Duke University Medical Center. She is the senior NP for the benign breast clinic as well as a high-risk breast cancer clinic at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 2008, she adapted a shared medical appointment model to develop an innovative breast cancer survivor clinic there also.

    She received a BSN from George Mason University in 1982, and earned the MSN with a specialty in midwifery at the University of Kentucky in 1988. In 1998, she completed a Post-Master’s Certificate in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty at the Duke University School of Nursing. She earned her DNP from Duke University School of Nursing in 2012. Before joining the faculty of the Duke University School of Nursing, she held faculty positions with physician resident education in the Department of Family Medicine within the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Medical School and was a full-time primary care provider. She initiated the CenteringPregnancy program at UNC Family Medicine and later assisted in development of the CenteringParenting model at the Centering Healthcare Institute. She has been a consultant to numerous practice sites for the Centering model of care.

    Kathy Trotter is a strong clinician with interests in women’s health and families. Her current research focuses on application of group health care models to prenatal care, parenting, and chronic illnesses (particularly breast cancer survivors).

    Academic Program Affiliations

    Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
    Master of Science in Nursing Program


    DNPDuke University School of Nursing
    MSNUniversity of Kentucky at Lexington
    BSNGeorge Mason University

    Professional Certifications

    CNMCertified Nurse Midwife
    FNP-CFamily Nurse Practitioner

    Research Interests

    Group Health Care Models
    Breast Cancer Survivorship Care
    Students and Residents’ Experiences in Group Healthcare Models
    Self Care, Empowerment of Patients
    Women’s Health
    Clinician Education

    Clinical Interests

    Kathy Trotter has been a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) in active practice for over 20 years, and has practiced as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) during the past 12 years. She stopped attending births in 2006, but her current practice as a CNM and FNP is in the Department of General Surgery and the Department of Oncology (Breast) at the Duke University Medical Center.

    She has extensive experience with the Centering Healthcare group visit model, including CenteringPregnancy, CenteringParenting, and Centering Lifecycle, and serves as Consultant Faculty, national trainer and Site Approval Visitor for the Centering Healthcare Institute. She has implemented an innovative model of breast cancer survivorship care based on the Centering Healthcare model within a freestanding clinic in the Cancer Center of the Duke University Medical Center.