John Whyte, M.D., MPH

Physician, Author, Former Chief Medical Expert at Discovery Channel

Dr. John Whyte is a popular physician and writer who has been communicating to the public about health issues for nearly two decades. He is currently the Director of Professional Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement at the Center for Drugs Evaluation and Research at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In this role, Dr. Whyte works with health care professionals, patients, patient advocates, and others involved in the use of medicines. His office provides them with a focal point for advocacy, enhanced two-way communication, and collaboration, and assists them in navigating the FDA on issues concerning drug development, review, and drug safety. Prior to this, Dr. Whyte served for nearly a decade as the Chief Medical Expert and Vice President, Health and Medical Education at Discovery Channel, the leading non-fiction television network. In this role, Dr. 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. Dr. Whyte is a board-certified internist and continues to see patients. He completed an internal medicine residency at Duke University Medical Center as well as earned a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy and Management at Harvard University School of Public Health. Prior to arriving in Washington, Dr. 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. His book Is This Normal? The Essential Guide to Middle Age and Beyond has won numerous awards. His most recent book, AARP New American Diet: Lose Weight, Live Longer is a national best-seller.