Pediatrician | Environmental health expert | Global humanitarian
Dr. Yolanda Whyte, MD is a primary care pediatrician with over a decade of experience caring for the medical needs of children in hospital, clinic, telemedicine and home-based settings. She has expanded the scope of her practice to include environmental health and civic engagement where she is dedicated to strengthening public health policies, social responsibility and providing solutions. Dr. Whyte serves on the board of directors for both, Environmental Community Action, a local environmental justice organization, and the Florida chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and has served as vice-chair for the National Medical Association’s Commission on Environmental Health.
Through public speaking and expert medical testimony, Dr. Whyte communicates the health impacts of environmental hazards to healthcare and other professionals, community groups, schools, colleges, legislators, and government agencies, locally and throughout the country. Her areas of expertise are in 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. Children are her top priority.
After skipping two grades, Dr. Yolanda Whyte began her studies at Howard University at age 16 and received her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology, graduating cum laude. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. Following her pediatric internship at Medical College of Virginia, she completed her pediatric residency at Morehouse School of Medicine, and served two leadership positions, being appointed the Resident Representative by the program and elected Pediatric Chair by the Morehouse Resident Association. She was instrumental in the passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, advocating for fair treatment of physicians and patients in medical training programs. Dr. Whyte has also received formal research training in medical genetics at the National Institutes of Health and in molecular virology at the University of California, San Diego. Her awards include the EPA Children’s Environmental Health Hero Award, UW Medical Student Leadership Award, NIH Pre-Doctoral Intramural Research Award and the American Society for Microbiology Fellowship Award.
Dr. Whyte’s background includes medical missions to Haiti, Jamaica, Vietnam, Ghana, and Guyana and work at the Indian Health Service in North Dakota. She is a lifetime member of the NAACP and enjoys ice skating, piano and chess.