Robert A. Whitney
|Robert A. Whitney|
|Surgeon General of the United States (acting)|
July 1, 1993 – September 8, 1993
|Preceded by||Antonia Coello Novello|
|Succeeded by||Jocelyn Elders|
July 27, 1935 |
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Robert Arthur Whitney, Jr. (born July 27, 1935) is an American veterinarian and public health administrator. He served as acting Surgeon General of the United States from July to September 1993.
Whitney was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Oklahoma State University in 1959 and his master's in pharmacology from Ohio State University in 1965.].
A career United States Public Health Service officer, Whitney was appointed deputy surgeon general September 1, 1992. Since 1971, he held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in the National Institutes of Health. From 1989 to 1992, he was director of the NIH National Center for Research Resources.
He retired from the USPHS in 1994, and Co-founded "Earthspan", a non-profit organization dedicated to advanced technologies to conserve biodiversity, ecosystems, and environmental health. Whitney served as President of Earthspan until his retirement in 2008.
Whitney is a diplomat of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and served as chief veterinary officer of the Public Health Service from 1985-1989. His awards include U.S. Public Health Service Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit for his US Army service.
- "Temporary Assignment of Ruth Kirschstein, Walter Dowdle, Robert Whitney, Jr. to PHS Positions" (Press release). U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. 1 July 1993. Retrieved 2008-01-17.