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Kathryn J. Trotter, DNP, CNM, FNP-C, FAANP, FAAN

Associate Professor
(919) 613-2632, (919) 660-9672
2037 Pearson Building

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


  • DNP - Duke University School of Nursing
  • MSN - University of Kentucky at Lexington
  • BSN - George Mason University

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

Awards and Honors

  • 2015 || Fellow, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • 2015 || 2016 Excellence in Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Award, Oncology Nursing Society
  • 2014 || Selected for Experienced Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy of Sigma Theta Tau International
  • 2013 || Chapter Innovation Award, Beta Epsilon Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • 2012 || Susan Baird Excellence in Clinical Writing Award, Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)
  • 2011 || Interviewed in CJONPlus Podcast Series, Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
  • 1995 || Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina Award
  • 1986 || Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Honor Society

Areas of Expertise

  • Family Health
  • Oncology
  • Reproductive Health
  • Women's Health

Representative Publications

  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 25032022 Trotter, K. and Schneider, S. M. and Turner, B. S. Group appointments in a breast cancer survivorship clinic. J Adv Pract Oncol. November, 2013 4(6); 423-31
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 23598561 Trotter, K. J. The promise of group medical visits. Nurse Pract. May, 2013 38(5); 48-53
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 21444277 Trotter, K. and Frazier, A. and Hendricks, C. K. and Scarsella, H. Innovation in survivor care: Group visits. (CJONPlus featured Journal Club article). Clin J Oncol Nurs. April, 2011 15(2); E24-33
  • 2011 -- Trotter, K. (interviewed by Hooker. M.) CJONPlus Podcast Series: “Innovation in Survivor Care: Group Visits”. URL: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing CJONPlus Podcast Series. April, 2011
  • 2008 -- PubMed # : 18825863 Nusbaum, M. R. and Frasier, P. Y. and Rojas, F. and Trotter, K. and Tudor, G. Sexual orientation and sexual health care needs: a comparison of women beneficiaries in outpatient military health care settings. J Homosex. 54(3); 259-76
  • 2007 -- Trotter, K. J. Group Prenatal Care: CenteringPregnancy. In Family Medicine Obstetrics edited by Ratcliffe, S. D., Baxley, E. G., Cline, M. K., and Adam. P.. 2007; pp. 127-129. : Mosby-Elsevier. 2007 127-129
  • 2004 -- Trotter, K. J. and Sterling, L. and Strickland, C. and Chetwynd, E. Big ideas to help your practice thrive: Put eight pregnant women in the same room. Family Practice Management. September, 2004 11(8); 27-34

Grant Funding (Selected)

  • A Woman's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) program at Duke University School of Nursing

    Health Resources and Service Administration
    D09 HP26962
    07/2014 to 06/2016
    Role: PI/Project Director

    Project Goal: Establish a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program at the Duke University School of Nursing.

  • Duke University School of Nursing Teaching Fellow

    Duke University School of Nursing Institute for Educational Excellence
    08/2012 to 08/2013
    Role: PI and Teaching Fellow

    To Investigate effective design and implementation of discussion forums in nursing education, primarily at the graduate level, in consultation with mentor Dr. Rita Conrad.

  • Evaluation of CenteringPregnancy program at UNC Family Practice Center

    UNC Department of Family Medicine
    05/2005 to 08/2005
    Role: Co-PI

    Project Goal: analyze the written evaluations of participants in the CenteringPregnancy program from 4/2003-06/30/2005 at the UNC Family Practice Center

  • Better Beginnings

    UNC Department of Family Medicine
    #03-FAM/MED 717
    02/2004 to 07/2006
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: To learn more about features of the care women receive during pregnancies that are most helpful to them during their pregnancy and following the delivery of their baby.

  • CenteringPregnancy: A Pilot Program at the UNC Family Practice Center

    March of Dimes
    02/2003 to 01/2005
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: To initiate the model of group prenatal care called CenteringPregnancy at an academic family practice clinic

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Kathy Trotter recently contributed to a news story entitled "Going to the doctor in a group means better health for some patients" published by The Washington Post. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Kathy Trotter recently published an article entitled "Gynecologic Issues for Cancer Survivors" in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. The publication of this article was a collaborative effort with colleagues at the Duke Cancer Center.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Kathy Trotter recently published an article entitled "Gynecological Issues for Cancer Survivors" in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. Co-authors include experts from Duke Cancer Center and the Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy at Duke Health.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Kathy Trotter recently published an article entitled "What NPs need to know about CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care" in Women's Healthcare. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Kathy Trotter recently published a chapter entitled "Breast Surgery" in the latest edition of Alexander's Care of the Patient in Surgery, 16th edition.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Several faculty and staff recently presented at the Society for Simulation in Healthcare at The International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) conference in Los Angeles, CA. IMSH is the world's largest conference dedicated to healthcare simulation learning, research and scholarship, offering 250 sessions in various formats, from large plenary sessions to small, interactive immersive courses. It is also considered to be the educational and networking event for the simulation world.

Oral presentations include:

Monday, October 23, 2017

Kathryn Trotter recently joined the Editorial Advisory Board of Women's Healthcare: A Clinical Journal for NPs, the official journal of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH). As NPWH's official journal, Women's Healthcare provides nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nurses caring for women a relevant information resource unlike any other in the field today. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of four faculty members who were inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) at its national conference this month in Washington, D.C., Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC; Jennie De Gagne, PhD, DNP, RN-BC, CNE, ANEF; Nancy Short, DrPH, MBA, RN; and Kathy Trotter, DNP, CNM, FNP-C, FAANP. They were selected for their evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Eleanor Stevenson, Kathy Trotter and ABSN alumna Melissa Hurt published an article entitled "Oocyte Cryopreservation for Fertility Preservation in Healthy Women" in the October-November, 2017 edition of Nursing for Women's Health. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Congratulations to Jennie De Gagne, Kathy Trotter, Melissa Batchelor-Murphy and Nancy Short, as they were inducted to the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) 2017 class of Academy fellows. They were inducted on Oct. 7 at a ceremony during the Academy's annual policy conference held in Washington, D.C.