David Whitaker, D.O. began his professional life as a structural design engineer after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering. At Northrop Corporation, his area of concentration was designing the airframe of the Navy’s F-18E/F Superhornet. After some time as an engineer, however, David was looking to explore a more humanistic career. Transitioning into medicine, he began his studies at Western University of Health Sciences in Southern California and graduated as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.
At Northside Hospital and Heart Institute in St. Petersburg, FL, David continued his education as an intern in internal medicine . After completing this initial training, he expanded his experience into emergency medicine during a three-year residency program at Newark Beth Israel in Newark, NJ. This inner-city hospital proved to be an exceptional training ground for all presentations of emergency medicine, from asthma and lacerations to cardiac arrest and gunshot wounds. David completed his final resident year at Newark Beth Israel as Chief Resident. He subsequently extended his work at this institution as a respected teaching attending physician for two years, during which he provided clinical training as well as class lectures during weekly conferences.
David currently works as an emergency medicine physician as part of a large hospital group in California, whose emergency departments treat well over 100,000 patients per year.
- B.S. Aeronautical Engineering
- Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
- Northrop Corp.
- Structural Design Engineer F-18E/F Superhornet
Western University of Health Sciences
Internship – Internal Medicine
- Northside Hospital and Heart Institute
St. Petersburg, FL
Residency – Emergency Medicine
- Newark Beth Israel Hospital
- Partner Physician