Coronavirus in Context

WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, MPH, interviews the nation's top experts to get answers to the big coronavirus questions that are top of mind for us all.

  • Latest Updates on Monoclonal Antibodies   WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, speaks with George Yancopoulos, MD, PhD, President & Chief Scientific Officer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc., about the latest updates on monoclonal antibodies.
  • Ensuring Health and Safety as We Return to the Workplace   WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, speaks with Robert Quigley, MD, SVP & Global Medical Director, International SOS, about businesses reopening and how employers can help ensure health and safety in the workplace.
  • Has COVID-19 Caused You to Forget About Heart Disease?   WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, speaks with Nancy Brown, CEO, American Heart Association (AHA), and Tom Koutsoumpas, CEO, National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI), about the role of COVID-19 in heart disease and the fact that heart disease is still the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. and globally.
  • Impact of COVID-19 on Physician Compensation   WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, speaks with William E. Fox, MD, Chair, Board of Governors, American College of Physicians (ACP), about physician compensation during the pandemic.
  • How Long Does the Vaccine Protect Me?   WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, MPH, explains that COVID-19 vaccines have protection for at least 6 months — not only 6 months.
  • Is Returning to Normalcy Causing You Stress?   WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, speaks with Mena Mirhom, MD, Board-Certified Psychiatrist, Columbia University, about how to cope with post-pandemic anxiety.
  • The COVID-19 Virus Has No Borders   John Whyte, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, WebMD. Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, United Nations.
  • Putting the J&J Vaccine 'Pause' Into Perspective   WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, MPH, helps put the recommended Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine 'pause' into perspective.
  • Has the U.S. Entered a Fourth Wave?   WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, speaks with Eric Topol, MD, Executive VP, Scripps Research, Editor-in-Chief, Medscape, about the fourth wave of the pandemic that the United States may be facing.
  • How COVID-19 Could Change Healthcare   WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, speaks with Lloyd B. Minor, MD, Dean, Stanford University School of Medicine, about the influence of COVID-19 and technology on the future of health care.

John Whyte, MD, MPH John Whyte, MD, MPH, is a popular physician and writer who has been communicating to the public about health issues for nearly two decades.

Whyte is the Chief Medical Officer, WebMD. In this role, Whyte leads efforts to develop and expand strategic partnerships that create meaningful change around important and timely public health issues. Prior to WebMD, Whyte served as the director of professional affairs and stakeholder engagement at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Whyte worked with health care professionals, patients, and patient advocates, providing them with a focal point for advocacy, enhanced two-way communication, and collaboration, assisting them in navigating the FDA on issues concerning drug development, review, and drug safety. He also developed numerous initiatives to address diversity in clinical trials.

Prior to this, Whyte worked for nearly a decade as the chief medical expert and vice president, health and medical education, at Discovery Channel, the leading nonfiction television network. In this role, 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.

Whyte is a board-certified internist. He completed an internal medicine residency at Duke University Medical Center as well as earned a Master of Public Health in health policy and management at Harvard University School of Public Health. Prior to arriving in Washington, 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.

He continues to see patients in Washington, DC, and Maryland.