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John Whyte

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer
School of Communication

  • John J. Whyte, MD, MPH is an adjunct professor of Public Communication. He is currently the Chief Medical Expert and Vice President, Health and Medical Education at Discovery Channel, part of the media conglomerate Discovery Communications. In this role, Dr. Whyte develops, designs and delivers educational programming that appeals to both a medical and lay audience. This includes television shows, online content, and DVDs.

    Prior to Discovery, Dr. Whyte was in the Immediate Office of the Director at the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality. He served as Medical Advisor/Director of the Council on Private Sector Initiatives to Improve the Safety, Security, and Quality of Healthcare. Prior to this assignment, Dr. Whyte was the Acting Director, Division of Medical Items and Devices in the Coverage and Analysis Group in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), formerly the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA).

    Dr. Whyte is a board-certified internist. He has written extensively in the medical and lay press on health policy issues.
  • Degrees

    Internal medicine residency at Duke University Medical Center; Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy and Management at Harvard University School of Public Health


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