As a family practice physician with more than three decades of experience, including both civilian and military service, Dr. Whitehurst has treated patients from all walks of life—among them a former U.S. president who contracted a rare spider-bite infection, African refugees with advanced-stage malnutrition, and Virginia coal miners with black lung disease. Over the span of his career, Dr. Whitehurst has been: the director of an infertility clinic; the director of a drug and alcohol treatment facility; the commander of four military medical facilities; a clinical professor and lecturer; an emergency room physician; a sports team physician; and an on-the-scene medical commander/principal triage officer for several real-world disasters, including the F-16 crash at Pope Air Force Base, the Khobar Towers terrorist bombing in Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. Embassy terrorist bombing in Kenya. Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Whitehurst has devoted his career to serving the medical needs of humanity, and we’re fortunate to have him at Fauquier Health, serving the needs of our local patients.
Education and Training
After earning his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1974, Dr. Whitehurst completed the Womack Army Medical Center Family Practice Residency Program.
Honors and Awards
Among his many awards, Dr. Whitehurst graduated with honors from the undergraduate engineering program at the University of Virginia. He also received numerous military awards, including the Legion of Merit, six Meritorious Service Medals and three Outstanding Unit Awards. In addition, he received the Prophet Elias religious award, and is currently a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Whitehurst joined Fauquier Health as a private practice physician in 2004, first with the Nova Medical Group, and then with CMA Family Physicians—a practice he started in 2006. Prior to that, Dr. Whitehurst was a family practice physician at the Polar Wind Medical Center in Alaska, and served as a medical officer in the U.S. Air Force for more than 20 years. At the same time he served in the military, he held private practice positions in Virginia, North Dakota, Maine and Michigan. In addition, Dr. Whitehurst has delivered more than 300 babies; written numerous military publications, including medical handbooks, disaster response doctrines and medical staff bylaws; and is currently a visiting assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Whitehurst is married and has three children. He also is a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America, a volunteer physician for high school sports teams, a Jaycee member, a former priest for the Orthodox Church in America, and a former Rotarian and Shriner.