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

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

Monday, February 27, 2017

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) and its Institute for Educational Excellence will host the 7th annual Pursuing Radical Transformation in Nursing Education Conference March 30 and 31. This year’s theme is “Promoting Deeper Learning.”

Monday, December 12, 2016

In January 2015, the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) accepted its first students into the only Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) program in North Carolina. The program is offered as both a major in the Master of Science in Nursing Program and a post-master's certificate for students interested in working in women’s health. This December, seven students completed the program – Amber Barron, Emily Brandmeyer, Lucian Daniels Aravapalli, Melanie King, Lisvel Matos, Ashlye Thorpe and Jessica Wood.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Kathryn "Kathy" Trotter recently presented at the Duke AHEAD Health Professions Education Day: Working and Learning Together to Advance Health and Wellness for All. Trotter's presentation was entitled "Interprofessional Education Events: The Start of Respectful Teamwork." Co-authors of the presentation include Melinda Blazar and Michelle Mitchell.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Kathryn Trotter published a chapter entitled "Breast Conditions" in the third edition of Women's Gynecologic Health by Kerri Durnell Schuiling and Frances E. Likis. Trotter's chapter in included in section three of the book entitled "Women's Gynecologic Healthcare Management." Trotter's chapter includes topics on Mastalgia, Nipple Discharge, Benign Breast Masses, and Breast Cancer.

Friday, July 8, 2016

School of Nursing faculty, staff and students were quite busy in San Antonio, Texas as they represented nursing excellence at the 2016 American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) National Conference June 21-26.

Podium or panel presentations were completed by:

  • Iris Padilla and Kathryn Evans Kreider, entitled "Reducing Cardiovascular Risk in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.”

  • Kathy Trotter, entitled “When breast cancer survivors return to primary care: Beyond pink ribbons.”

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

We’ve all seen the Facebook or YouTube video of a person who has just completed cancer treatment and is overcome with joy, ringing the bell and sounding the alarm that treatment is done. What often moves us, in addition to the patient’s celebration, are the joyful and sometimes tearful faces of the oncology nurses.

Oncology nurses are at the forefront of cancer care every step of the way – in explaining the diagnosis, administering treatments, managing side effects, supporting patients and their families, rejoicing during triumphs and offering words of comfort.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Editor's Note: Chancellor Washington and Dean Marion Broome presented two additional awards during the Awards Ceremony. Barbara Turner, PhD, RN, FAAN, received the Distinguished Faculty Award  and former Dean Mary T. Champagne, PhD, RN, FAAN, who will be retiring this year received an award of Special Recognition.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Kathryn Trotter was recently selected as the recipient of the 2016 Oncology Nursing Society Excellence in Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Award. Trotter is being recognized for her contributions to the oncology nursing profession and to the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). She will be recognized during the annual ONS Congress in Spring 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Kathryn Trotter along with Dr. Anne Moore, an academy mentor, presented a poster entitled "Development of a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Major at Duke University School of Nursing" at the 43rd Sigma Theta Tau International 43rd Biennial Convention in Las Vegas. Her presentation was a part of a 12-month Experienced Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy that she has now completed.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Kathryn Trotter was quoted in a story entitled "Cancer Survivor Clinics Linked to Fewer Emergency Room Visits" in the Sept. 30 article by Reuters.