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John Whyte, M.D.

Dr. John Whyte is a physician and corporate executive with a unique combination of government and private sector work that provides him with an exceptional perspective on wellness, clinical trials, information technology, innovation, and health care services.

Chief Medical Officer, WebMD

Expertise In:

  • Health Care Sciences
  • Health Care Economics
  • U.S. Health Care Economics
  • Fitness and Wellness
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Audience & Industry

  • Associations
  • Corporations
  • Senior Management Groups
  • The Health Care Industry
  • The Technology Industry

Dr. John Whyte is a physician and corporate executive with a unique combination of government and private sector work that provides him with an exceptional perspective on wellness, clinical trials, information technology, innovation, and health care services.

He is currently the Chief Medical Officer, WebMD.  In this role, Dr. Whyte leads efforts to develop and expand strategic partnerships that create meaningful change around important and timely public health issues. He has been a leading voice in addressing the COVID pandemic, being named as one of the top 20 health influencers. Dr. Whyte is also a major contributor to iterating digital platforms from simply providing content, to instead playing a pivotal role in connecting to care. He frequently speaks on evaluating digital tools and technologies, assessing their roles in the evolving health ecosystem.

Prior to WebMD, Dr. Whyte served as 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 spearheaded numerous efforts to address diversity in drug development programs especially as it relates to necessary changes in clinical trial design.  This includes strategies around patient recruitment and acquisition, as well as the use of adaptive clinical trial design and master protocols.  Dr. Whyte also helped provide regulatory insight into the potential uses of real-world evidence in regulatory decisions, especially around patient-focused drug development. Dr. Whyte led a research agenda around drug safety issues, including prescription and over-the-counter products.

Prior to this, Dr. Whyte worked 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. Dr. Whyte developed, designed and delivered educational programming that appealed to both a medical and lay audience.  He provided strategic direction, aligning medical and public health interests, viewer demands and corporate funding opportunities. This required the use of targeted multimedia marketing and building brand identity for new products. This included television shows as well as online content that won over 50 awards including numerous Tellys, CINE Golden Eagle, and Freddies. During his tenure, Dr. Whyte grew the business ten-fold in revenue.

Dr. Whyte also served in numerous leadership roles at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  While there, he formalized the process by which the Medicare program determines coverage decisions, including the criteria meant by “medically necessary and reasonable.” He helped determine, evaluate and implement the national Medicare coverage policies on medical items, non-implantable medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and laboratory tests. He also oversaw an ongoing analysis of innovative treatment patterns and activities that improve health care outcomes. He is a recognized expert on various payment policies and models.

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 Master 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, including two best-selling books.

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Decoding the Consumer: The Evolving Landscape of How Consumers Search for Health Information

Just a few years ago, patients would search the internet for information on their symptoms and then print it to bring into their doctor. With the digital health revolution, patients still search but they don’t want to wait to make an appointment with their doctor – rather, they want to take action right now. Why wait for the dermatologist when you can take a picture of your rash and get a diagnosis in less than 30 minutes? Don’t have time to see the eye doctor? No problem; you can test your vision online and even order a pair of glasses –delivered overnight.

As the Chief Medical Officer of WebMD, Dr. Whyte helps audiences identify and understand the latest trends in consumer behavior and explains how developments such as “DIY” in healthcare has many advantages, but it also presents challenges. He describes the convergence of healthcare and retail, and how it impacts quality as well as economic measures. He provides the insights on how to shape the healthcare conversation, especially as it relates to the consumerization that is rapidly occurring.

Artificial Intelligence in Health Care: Disrupt but Don’t Be Disruptive

Artificial intelligence and its impact on healthcare is one of the most misunderstood concepts. It is not about robots delivering patient care, but rather represents the advances in machine learning and analysis of big data. From his work at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Whyte explains the latest developments in AI – especially in drug and device development and imaging – and describes how they can succeed by disrupting current workflow and processes but not actually being disruptive to patient care. Through entertaining and educating anecdotes, Dr. Whyte helps audiences discern whether AI actually makes health care more productive – and more human.

Future of Personalized Medicine

With advances in genomics and big data, there is an opportunity to deliver healthcare based on a person’s genetic data. Yet, how much does genetics play in development of disease? Dr. Whyte describes the role of the various genetic tests and provides tip on how we all can take control of our health by combining this information with lifestyle changes.

THE FDA and The Health Ecosystem

It’s often said that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates over 25 cents of every dollar of the economy. Yet most consumers don’t understand how the FDA makes decisions about drug and device approvals, as well as how it protects the food supply.

As the former Director of Professional Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement, Dr. Whyte helps audiences navigate the often complicated regulatory process. With all the innovations in health technology, it’s critical to understand the FDA’s role in the health ecosystem.

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