Dr. Whitman, an experienced rheumatologist, has an active clinical practice treating patients with a variety of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. With a focus on the importance of proper diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Whitman writes detailed patient care notes about his patients to help workup and treat each of their medical problems. Patients typically receive copies of his notes soon after their visit.
"As a rheumatologist, I work to determine early on whether a patient’s musculoskeletal complaint is degenerative, inflammatory, or infectious. I then want to determine the best treatment plan. My goal is to always establish a partnership with each patient, to work up a treatment plan, and to ‘think outside the box' to get the best acceptable solution.”
Dr. Whitman brings more than 30 years of experience and an extensive knowledge base to HSS. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Billings Hospital at the University of Chicago in 1976 and then his residency in Internal Medicine at the New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center in 1978 where he participated in a bench research training elective in the laboratory of Dr. Henry Kunkel with Dr. Robert Lahita. Dr. Whitman was also involved in a clinical research elective in Dr. John Laragh’s Hypertension and Cardiovascular Center studying hypertensive and cardiopulmonary complications of rheumatic disease, primarily with Dr. David Case.
A Rheumatology Fellow at Hospital for Special Surgery from 1978-1980, Dr. Whitman also maintained his connections with Rockefeller University and the Cardiovascular/Hypertension Division at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH). After his Rheumatology training, Dr. Whitman joined the Summit Medical Group in Summit, N.J. in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, while continuing to work weekly for the Hypertension Center of the NYPH for thirty years.
Dr. Whitman’s paper on Scleroderma Renal Crisis was cited as one of the significant achievements in rheumatology in the past 75 years at the 75th Anniversary of the American College of Rheumatology in 2009 (See Publications for more information).