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.
Through public speaking and expert medical testimony, Dr. Whyte communicates the health impacts of pollution 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, illegal medical experimentation practices at a residency training program, unethical conflicts of interest, and battles ongoing retaliation where she is in pursuit of justice.
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 on the Atlanta Black Chambers’ Community Affairs Committee/ Health and Human Services and has held past leadership positions with Environmental Community Action, a local environmental justice organization, the National Medical Association’s Commission on Environmental Health and Physicians for Social Responsibility-Florida chapter. She is a member of the National Black MBA Association, Howard University Alumni Association, University of Wisconsin Alumni Association, and is a lifetime member of the NAACP.
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.
The superior doctor prevents sickness
The mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness
The inferior doctor treats actual sickness
Ancient Chinese Proverb