Julie Carkin M.D.

Julie Carkin M.D.


  • English


  • Osteoporosis and Fracture Prevention
  • Rheumatology (Connective Tissue Disease)


Dr. Carkin is the Director of the Strong Bones Program at UW Medicine/Northwest and a founding member of The Seattle Arthritis Clinic. In addition to her work helping patients prevent fractures, she is an expert Rheumatologist who focuses on complex inflammatory arthritis and systemic immune diseases.

Dr. Carkin is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Vermont and earned her M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine. She did her internship, residency, Chief Residency and initial Rheumatology fellowship at the University of Washington. After being awarded a Lyndhurst Fellowship, she served as a Senior Fellow at Emory University School of Medicine Rheumatology division. She has provided Rheumatology and Osteoporosis patient care in Seattle since 1993. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at UW School of Medicine and enjoys teaching students at all levels.

 Dr. Carkin has repeatedly been chosen by her peers as one of Seattle’s Top Docs in both Seattle Magazine and Seattle Metropolitan Magazine.

Patient Care Philosophy

Dr. Carkin’s over-arching goal is to help her patients optimize their own health and function. If you are a person who has suffered a low-trauma fracture, she wants you to not only heal your broken bone but get BETTER than you were before the fracture so you are stronger, more independent and more resilient. If you are someone who suffers with Rheumatoid Arthritis or Lupus, she wants to provide you with the newest medical knowledge and tools to control inflammation, prevent disability and allow you to participate fully at home, at play, at work and within your community.

Clinical Interests

Osteoporosis and fracture prevention; Full-spectrum care of complex inflammatory arthritis and immune system diseases.

Research Interests

Research with medications, biologic therapies, exercise, fall prevention and nutrition that can decrease disease burden and improve quality of life.


Institution Credential Year
Boston University School of Medicine Medical Education 1987
University of Washington School of Medicine Internship 1988
University of Washington School of Medicine Residency 1990
University of Washington School of Medicine Fellowship 1991
Emory University School of Medicine Fellowship 1992

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Internal Medicine Rheumatology 2012