Hendricks H. Whitman III, MD, FACP, FACR


Dr. Whitman, an experienced rheumatologist, has an active clinical practice treating patients with a variety of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. With a focus on the importance of proper diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Whitman writes detailed patient care notes about his patients to help workup and treat each of their medical problems. Patients typically receive copies of his notes soon after their visit.

"As a rheumatologist, I work to determine early on whether a patient’s musculoskeletal complaint is degenerative, inflammatory, or infectious. I then want to determine the best treatment plan. My goal is to always establish a partnership with each patient, to work up a treatment plan, and to ‘think outside the box' to get the best acceptable solution.”

Dr. Whitman brings more than 30 years of experience and an extensive knowledge base to HSS. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Billings Hospital at the University of Chicago in 1976 and then his residency in Internal Medicine at the New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center in 1978 where he participated in a bench research training elective in the laboratory of Dr. Henry Kunkel with Dr. Robert Lahita. Dr. Whitman was also involved in a clinical research elective in Dr. John Laragh’s Hypertension and Cardiovascular Center studying hypertensive and cardiopulmonary complications of rheumatic disease, primarily with Dr. David Case.

A Rheumatology Fellow at Hospital for Special Surgery from 1978-1980, Dr. Whitman also maintained his connections with Rockefeller University and the Cardiovascular/Hypertension Division at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH). After his Rheumatology training, Dr. Whitman joined the Summit Medical Group in Summit, N.J. in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, while continuing to work weekly for the Hypertension Center of the NYPH for thirty years.

Dr. Whitman’s paper on Scleroderma Renal Crisis was cited as one of the significant achievements in rheumatology in the past 75 years at the 75th Anniversary of the American College of Rheumatology in 2009 (See Publications for more information).

Appointments

Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

Specialty

Subspecialty

Internal Medicine

Special Expertise

Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Lupus, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Fibromyalgia, CFS

Awards

Senior Year Medical School with Honors, Teaching Award Morristown Memorial Hospital, 2010
Cum Laude 1971

Affiliations

Fellow American College of Physicians
Fellow American College of  Rheumatology
Member NYRA, AMA

Procedures

Arthrocentesis

Specialized Centers

Education

Harvard College, A.B., 1971
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, M.D., 1975

Internship

Department of Internal Medicine, University of Chicago, Hospital and Clinics, Albert Merritt Billings Hospital, Chicago, IL, 1975 - 1976

Residency

Assistant Resident, Department of Medicine, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, NYC, NY, 1976 - 1978
6-Month Elective Kunkel Lab, Rockefeller University, 1978

Fellowship

Fellow in Rheumatic Diseases, Department of Medicine, Cornell University Medical College and Hospital for Special Surgery, NYC, NY, 1978 - 1980

Certification

Internal Medicine, 1978
Rheumatology, 1980

State Licensure

New York, New Jersey

Selected Publications

Whitman HH. At al. Variable Response to oral converting enzyme inhibitor in hypertensive scleroderma patients.
Arthritis Rheum. 25; 241-248, 1982

Case DB, Whitman HH, Spiera H. Successful low dose re-challenge with captopril (letter). Lancet 1: 1362-1363 1981

Niarchos AP, Whitman HH, Goldstein JE, Laragh JH. Hemodynamic effects of captopril in pulmonary hypertension of collagen vascular disease. Am Heart J. 104:834-8, 1982

Whitman HH, Case DB. New Developments in the treatment of scleroderma. Drug Therapy 97-104, December 1981

Fisher J, Borer JS, Moses JVV, Goldberg HL, Niarchos, Whitman HH, Mermelstein M. Hemodynamic effect of nifedipine versus hydralazine in primary pulmonary hypertension. Amer. J. Cardio/. 54:646-650, 1984

Fisher J, Borer JS, Moses JVV, Goldberg HL, Mack RH, Niarchos AP, Whitman HH, Mermelstein M. Comparative effects of nifedipine and hydralazine in pulmonary arterial hypertension. Cardiovasc. Rev. & Reports 7 (3):251258, 1986

Morse JH, Barst RJ, Whitman HH, Fotino M, Jacobs JC, Isolated pulmonary hypertension in the granchild of a kindred with Scleroderma: "Neonatal Scleroderma?" J. Rheumatol1989 Dee: 16 (12) 1536-41

Whitman HH 3rd, Fishman EK, Oberg K, Wildman JM, Long AL, Catecholamine secreting metastatic carcinoid as differential diagnosis in pheochromocytoma: clinical, laboratory, and imaging clues in the search for the lurking neuroendocrine tumor (NET). Ann NY Acad Sci 2006 Aug; 1073:59-78

Selected Books/Chapters

Whitman HH. Rheumato/oqic laboratory tests. JF Beary, CL Christian, TYP Sculco (eds). Manual of Rheumato/oqy and Outpatient Orthopedic Disorders. Boston: Uttle, Brown and Company, 1981, p. 13

Whitman HH. Scleroderma and Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Syndromes. IBID, p. 261

Whitman HH III, Case DB, LeRoy EC.  Management of Hypertensive scleroderma patients with converting enzyme inhibition.  In: Black C.M. and Meyers, A.R. (eds).  Current topics in Rheumatology-Sytemic Sclerosis (Scleroderma) Gower Medical Publishing Ltd., New York, 1985.

Whitmann HH III, Clauw DJ, Beary JF III.  Low Back Pain. In: Paget, S.A., Beary J.F. III, Gibofsky, A., Sculco, T.P. Low Back Pain. In Manual of Rheumatology and Outpatient Orthopedic Disorders Lippincott 5th Ed, Philadelphia, 2006.

Abstracts:
Whitman, HH, Resnick, LM, Laragh, JH.  Hypertensive response to TRH testing in scleroderma. Arthritis and Rheum. S4:24, 1982.

Research Interests

Osteoarthritis - New Medical Treatment, Vascular Complications of Rheumatic Diseases, Antibiotic Rx of R.A
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Contact Information

Office Locations

Hospital for Special Surgery
Belaire Building
7th Floor
525 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.774.2802
Fax: 646.714.6304

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
7th Floor 535 E. 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

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