Whitman’s main concern is about the impact of racism and poverty on society. This is reflected in much of the social epidemiology he has been involved in for the past two decades, and in the way he tries to conduct his personal as well as professional life. He is dedicated to bringing health equity to all.
Whitman received his Master of Science in Biometrics from the University of Pittsburgh and his Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Biostatistics from Yale University. He has spent the last 30 years in the Chicago area doing epidemiological health research. From 1978-1991, he served as Senior Epidemiologist at the Center for Urban Affairs at Northwestern University.
In March 2000, Dr. Whitman was hired to create the Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI). The SUHI staff has grown to 35 employees and work has extended to include a major, first-of-its-kind health survey of the City of Chicago, and evaluations of the following Sinai health interventions: HIV counseling and testing; pediatric asthma intervention; obesity prevention; diabetes interventions; breast cancer programs and smoking cessation. In the 11 years since SUHI was initiated, Dr. Whitman and his staff have been awarded over $22 million in grant funding. He has authored over 100 publications and made over 400 presentations on public health related topics.