Dr. Yolanda Whyte, MD is a pediatrician with fifteen years of experience caring for the medical needs of children in hospital, clinic, rural, military, Indian health, telemedicine, international and home-based settings. In her desire to address the rising trajectory and root cause of chronic diseases in children, she expanded the scope of her practice to incorporate environmental health and advocacy. Dr. Whyte engages with policy makers and medical groups to strengthen public health policies and practice guidelines so that decisions are based on research, evidence, facts and common sense. She also offers environmental health consultation services and products so that practical, affordable solutions are accessible to those in need of a natural eco-healthy lifestyle.
Through public speaking and expert medical testimony, Dr. Whyte communicates the health impacts of pollution, and health benefits of solutions, to healthcare and other professionals, community groups, schools, colleges, legislators, locally, nationally and internationally. Her areas of expertise include air and water pollution, climate change, coal ash, fracking, chemical policy and food quality, with an emphasis on health disparities, environmental justice and human rights protections. She ensures that children are the top national priority.
As a global humanitarian, she advocates for child human rights and is dedicated to restoring humanity in institutionalized healthcare. She is one of the few medical whistleblowers in the country, making official reports of institutionalized racism involving abuse of patients and physicians, and medical gangstalking.
Dr. Whyte began her studies at Howard University at age 16 where she earned her Bachelors of Science degree and graduated with honors, and received her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. She completed her Pediatrics internship at the Medical College of Virginia and Community Pediatrics residency at Morehouse School of Medicine. Awards include the Medical Student Leadership Award, Outstanding Resident Teaching Award, EPA Children’s Environmental Health Hero Award and the White House Champion of Change for Climate Change Award.
Dr. Whyte currently serves as a member of the EPA's Children's Health Protection Advisory Panel, the Atlanta Black Chambers’ Health Committee, the National Black MBA Association, Howard University Alumni Association, University of Wisconsin Alumni Association, and is a lifetime member of the NAACP. She has held past leadership positions with the National Medical Association's Commission on Environmental Health, Georgia Clinicians for Climate Action, Physician's for Social Responsibility-FL and Eco-Action.
Dr. Whyte’s background includes medical missions to Haiti, Jamaica, Vietnam, Ghana, and Guyana. Formal research training in genetics was at the National Institutes of Health and in molecular virology at the University of California, San Diego. She enjoys ice skating, piano, travelling and chess.