Jeffrey Whitman, M.D. is President and Chief Surgeon of Key-Whitman Eye Center. He was born
in Dallas, attended Hillcrest High School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa
from Southern Methodist University. Dr. Whitman earned his M.D. at Southwestern
Medical School in Dallas. He completed his internship at the same institution
and completed his residency training in Ophthalmology at Scott and White
Clinic in Temple, Texas. Dr. Whitman has practiced at Key-Whitman Eye
Center since 1985.
Dr. Whitman is a recipient of the American Medical Association Physician's
Recognition Award, is the immediate President of the American College
of Eye Surgeons, and he was recognized by D Magazine's "Best
Doctors" peer review as one of Dallas' best for the last 11 years.
Dr. Whitman is married and the proud father of two daughters.
In an effort to get to know more about Dr. Whitman, we sat down with him
to discuss a number of topics, including what inspired him to become a
laser eye surgeon.
What is your biggest inspiration that got you to where you are today? Who/what
inspired you to become a laser eye surgeon?
My youngest sibling, my sister. She was born with ambylopia or lazy eye
and this necessitated a surgery and a large number of visits to the ophthalmologist.
Me being the next to the youngest, I was "dragged" to each appointment.
The ophthalmologist had the most calming, soothing bedside manner and
from that point forward, I wanted to be an ophthalmologist so I could
be like him! When I first entered practice I was able to reach out to
him and let him know that he was the reason. And I have had the opportunity
to operate (LASIK) on my sister's lazy eye.
What is most rewarding about your work?
Seeing and talking to patients the day after they have had eye surgery.
The smiles and the hugs are the BEST.
Is there a specific "why I do what I do" story or example you
can share with us?
We did eye surgery on a patient who is quadriplegic so he would not need
to wear glasses (obviously someone always had to put them on for him).
What a blessing to see how happy he is when he comes in for regular appointments.
Do you have dreams or aspirations for the future of your career?
I feel that I am at the top of my field now--I teach, lecture, do FDA research,
make presentations and take care of thousands of patients each year. I
don't want to get greedy.
What are some hobbies you enjoy outside of work?
Water and snow skiing. I never learned to play golf.
What is one thing people may not know about you?
I played drums in the marching band in high school.
If we were to interview your patients, what is one thing you would hope
your patients would say about their experience with you and Key-Whitman?
I hope they would say that they did not have to wait long when they are
at my office. It is the number one complaint at all doctors' offices
and we work to improve this situation on a daily basis.
Is there one type of surgery you enjoy most?
Cataract surgery--it is different on every patient and on every eye. This
surgery constantly challenges me to be a better and better surgeon.
Are there any common misconceptions many patients have that you would like
to clear up about laser eye surgery?
It doesn't hurt and “laser surgery” can mean many things.
We have lasers to close up leaky blood vessels from diabetes. We have
lasers that dissolve membranes inside the eye. We have lasers that assist
in cataract surgery. Most people are familiar with lasers used for LASIK
surgery, but that is only a bit of what we use lasers for in eye surgery.
Dr. Whitman's passion and inspiration is fueled by his own personal
experiences and his desire to help others. He is not only an experienced
eye surgeon, but a dedicated husband and father. As a doctor, it is his
goal that every one of his patients feels cared for and leaves his office
able to live a better quality of life than they were before. If you have
questions about how laser eye surgery might be able to improve not only
your vision, but your life, contact Key-Whitman for a