Fellowship Trained in Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Comprehensive Eye Care
Medical Degree: University of California at San Francisco (UCSF)
Residency: University of California at San Francisco (UCSF)
Fellowship: University of California at San Francisco (UCSF)
Dr. Whitten joined the Eye Medical Center in 1976 as the first fellowship trained oculoplastic surgeon in the Central Valley. The son of an ophthalmologist, he developed an interest in the working of eyes at an early age. A Fresno High School graduate, he completed his undergraduate degree in Humanities at the University of California at Berkeley.
From 1976 until 1991 he was Director of the ophthalmology residency program at the then Valley Medical Center. He was thus responsible for training many of the current ophthalmologists in the region. He was also a US Naval Reserve officer at Oakland Naval Hospital.
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, walking his dog, traveling, reading and fly-fishing. With his wife Kay, an RN, he volunteers with Vision International, a national organization that provides free eye care to the needy in developing countries.
Once or twice a year since 1985 they have traveled to many countries in South and Central America and Poland to perform eye surgery, teach, fit eyeglasses, and run clinics. He is the current Medical Director of VHI, and Kay is the Nursing Director. They were both on the Board of Directors at its founding. He also serves on the Boards of Prevent Blindness of Northern California, Fresno State Alumni Association, and Lions Eye Bank.