About Dr. Eric Whitman

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Eric D. Whitman, MD is a board certified general surgeon and melanoma specialist in Morristown, NJ, USA.

A graduate of Haverford College and Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine, Dr. Whitman completed general surgery internship and residency at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center/Pennsylvania State University Medical Center, including a one year research fellowship. He then went to the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD, serving as a Senior Staff Fellow in the Surgery Branch. Following this, he joined the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine, as an Assistant Professor in the Section of Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery. During his time at “Wash U”, he gradually specialized in melanoma research and treatment. His research focused on novel immunotherapeutic strategies for melanoma, utilizing recombinant viral vectors. In 1998, Dr. Whitman left Washington University and formed The Melanoma Center of St. Louis, a clinical and research Center of Excellence based at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. He participated in multiple clinical trials there, becoming proficient in chemotherapy and immunotherapy administration for melanoma, including interleukin-2, interferon, and taxanes.

In 2004, Dr. Whitman accepted a position with Atlantic Health System in northern New Jersey. Initially based at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, NJ, he transitioned to his current office, adjacent to Morristown Memorial Hospital (now Morristown Medical Center) in 2008. He founded and directs the Atlantic Melanoma Center, a clinical and research Center of Excellence that has built on the success of the Melanoma Center of St. Louis and expanded the program substantially. Currently, he sees over 350 new melanoma patients annually, from early stage curable in situ cancers through advanced Stage IV disease. He performs over 400 surgeries annually and treats patients on multiple clinical trials investigating new agents for melanoma therapy. He is also the busiest endocrine surgeon at Morristown Medical Center, specializing in thyroid and parathyroid surgery. Dr. Whitman also serves as the Medical Director of the Atlantic Center for Research, the central structure responsible for all research throughout Atlantic Health System.

Dr. Whitman created his blog, DrEricWhitman.wordpress.com, a few years ago and has agreed to transition much of the unique content of that blog to TheMelanomaCenter.com  as our Senior Editor. During medical meetings, including ASCO, he posts live from the meeting room, as well as providing previews and summaries in the evening.

Clayton Surgical Services has also asked Dr. Whitman to invite other melanoma experts to contribute to this site, as Guest Editors. Look for those posts in the near future.

Finally, we look forward to publishing Dr. Whitman’s next books, in the form of e-books. As with any project like that, the deadlines and publication dates keep getting pushed back but we believe the first e-book will be available by July, 2011.

Important notes: Dr. Whitman is a full-time employee of Atlantic Health System of Morristown, NJ. His entries on this website represent his personal opinion and should not be interpreted in any way to reflect the values, opinions, or policies of Atlantic Health. In addition, it is impossible for Dr. Whitman to comment directly about individual patient care and treatment, as this site and its information cannot substitute for a complete history and physical examination.


Bobby Clarke, Webmaster

Clayton Surgical Services, LLC


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