John J. Whyte, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer


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

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 health issues. He is an expert on the changing nature of search through his work in iterating digital platforms from simply providing content, to instead playing a pivotal role in connecting to care. He has been a leading voice when it comes to health topics, consistently being named as one of the top 20 influencers.

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. 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. His shows run numerous awards, including Tellys and CINE Golden Eagle.

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 multiple products and services.  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 the author of five best-selling books.  He writes extensively in the medical and lay press. He is board-certified in internal medicine and continues to see patients.