Christine Elizabeth Whitten, MD
I speak: English, Spanish
My gender: Female
Where I practice
Hello, and thank you for visiting! I’m pleased to offer this Web page as a way for you to learn more about me. I went to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. I joined Kaiser Permanente after serving 10 years in the United States Navy Medical Corps, finishing as a Commander. I have been practicing anesthesia for more than 36 years.
I grew up on Long Island, New York. I love to teach and have written a textbook on intubation and managing the airway. I volunteer with teams that provide free surgery for underprivileged patients in Mexico, Vietnam, Honduras, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Colombia, Kenya, and Thailand. For me, it is one of the hardest and most rewarding activities I can imagine.
About my practice
I love being an anesthesiologist. The Kaiser Permanente health care model appeals to me because it allows the health care team to provide member-centered care. I spent 10 years as chief of anesthesia and as the perioperative director at the Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center. I also served as a Kaiser Permanente leader, assisting in the national implementation of multidisciplinary chronic pain programs.
How I thrive
My husband and I try to exercise our bodies, minds, and spirits daily. We first met while volunteering to help a museum document a Native American rock art site in the Mojave Desert. We did a great deal of hiking and camping while there and still love to do so. We enjoy drawing, reading, writing, photography, filmmaking, and digital animation. And we both love to cuddle with our cats while watching old Star Trek episodes.