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.

  • How the COVID Pandemic May End: Lessons From the 1918 Flu   WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte talks with Dr Howard Markel about how the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic compares to the COVID-19 pandemic and what lessons we can learn from history.
  • How Did We Get to 10 Million COVID-19 Cases?   WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte talks with Dr William Schaffner about the state of the pandemic in the US as the country hits a sobering milestone of 10 million confirmed cases.
  • Teen Finds 'Better Way' to Test for COVID   WebMD chief medical officer John Whyte talks with Taft Foley III, an 18-year-old high school senior and the youngest EMT in Texas, about his decision to launch his own mobile COVID-19 testing lab.
  • FDA Commissioner Shares Requirements for COVID-19 Vaccine Approval   WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte talks with FDA Commissioner Dr Stephen M. Hahn about what it will take for a COVID-19 vaccine to be approved by the FDA.
  • Are New COVID-19 Treatments More Important Than a Vaccine?   WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte talks with Dr Davey Smith about why developing early therapies for COVID-19 may be more important than creating a vaccine.
  • Superfoods and Diets -- What Benefits Our Brain and Mental Health?   WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte talks with Dr Drew Ramsey about the field of nutritional psychology and how to improve conversations about nutrition with patients, as well as what types of foods we should eat more of.
  • How Has Data Misuse Hurt COVID-19 Efforts?   WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte talks with Dr Eric Topol about several COVID-19 studies and the need for responsible research, not 'sloppy science' that rushes to promote potential treatments.
  • 9/11 Survivor: 'COVID Humbled Me'   WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte talks with 9/11 first responder John Feal about his advocacy for fellow 9/11 survivors and the importance of following COVID-19 safety guidelines.
  • Why Has COVID-19 Hit Minorities Harder?   WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte talks with Dr Valerie Montgomery Rice about why COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on Black and Hispanic Americans.
  • Are Vaccines a 'Victim of Their Own Success'?   WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte talks with Dr Tamera Coyne-Beasley about whether people will get vaccinated to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and how we can increase vaccination rates.

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.