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. 40% 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).