Coronavirus in Context

WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, MPH, interviews the nation's top experts to get answers to the big coronavirus questions that are top of mind for us all.

  • Delivering COVID-19 Vaccines to Hesitant Communities   WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, speaks with Jerry Abraham, MD, MPH, Director, Vaccine Programs, Kedren Health, South Los Angeles, about delivering COVID-19 vaccines to hesitant communities.
  • Are You Protected Against the Delta Variant?   WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, speaks with Eric Topol, MD, Executive VP, Scripps Research & Editor-in-Chief, Medscape, about the COVID-19 Delta variant.
  • Study Suggests Long-lasting Protection from COVID-19 Vaccine   WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, speaks with Rachel M. Presti, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Infectious Disease, Washington University in St. Louis, about the positive results of a new study on the Pfizer mRNA vaccine.
  • COVID-19 Spurs 'Zoom Boom' in Cosmetic Surgery   WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, speaks with Andrew Ordon, MD, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon & Co-Host, "The Doctors", about the COVID-19-spurred "zoom boom" in cosmetic surgery.
  • Why Do Communities of Color Still Face Health Inequities?   WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, speaks with Karyne Jones, President & CEO, National Caucus and Center on Black Aging (NCBA), about the health inequities that communities of color still face.
  • Has COVID-19 Changed the FDA's Regulatory Process?   WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, speaks with Patrizia Cavazzoni, MD, Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), FDA, about the impact of COVID-19 on the FDA's regulatory process.
  • 3 Metrics Will Tell Us When COVID-19 Is Over, CDC Director Says   WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, speaks with Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about top COVID-19 concerns and recent changes to COVID-19 guidance.
  • Are COVID-19 Vaccination Incentives Ethical?   WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, speaks with Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, Professor of Bioethics, New York University Langone Medical Center, about the ethics around offering COVID-19 vaccination incentives.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity   WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, speaks with Karyne Jones, President & CEO, National Caucus and Center on Black Aging (NCBA), about ensuring vaccine equity across all communities and how education can help overcome vaccine hesitancy.
  • Healthy Davis Together: A Model for Community Control of COVID-19   WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, speaks with Bradley Pollock, PhD, Associate Dean of Public Health Sciences, UC Davis, about the success of the Healthy Davis Together project: a partnership between the University of California, Davis, and the city of Davis, California, to control COVID-19 in their community.

John Whyte, MD, MPH John Whyte, MD, MPH, is a popular physician and writer who has been communicating to the public about health issues for nearly two decades.

Whyte is the Chief Medical Officer, WebMD. In this role, Whyte leads efforts to develop and expand strategic partnerships that create meaningful change around important and timely public health issues. Prior to WebMD, Whyte served as the director of professional affairs and stakeholder engagement at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Whyte worked with health care professionals, patients, and patient advocates, providing them with a focal point for advocacy, enhanced two-way communication, and collaboration, assisting them in navigating the FDA on issues concerning drug development, review, and drug safety. He also developed numerous initiatives to address diversity in clinical trials.

Prior to this, Whyte worked for nearly a decade as the chief medical expert and vice president, health and medical education, at Discovery Channel, the leading nonfiction television network. In this role, Whyte developed, designed, and delivered educational programming that appealed to both a medical and lay audience. This included television shows as well as online content that won over 50 awards including numerous Tellys, CINE Golden Eagle, and Freddies.

Whyte is a board-certified internist. He completed an internal medicine residency at Duke University Medical Center as well as earned a Master of Public Health in health policy and management at Harvard University School of Public Health. Prior to arriving in Washington, Whyte was a health services research fellow at Stanford and attending physician in the department of medicine. He has written extensively in the medical and lay press.

He continues to see patients in Washington, DC, and Maryland.