Charles Wesley "Chuck" Whitten was born in Boonville, Missouri, on February 21, 1958. His parents were high school teachers/counselors/coaches. Dr. Whitten graduated from Boonville High School as Valedictorian in 1976 and subsequently entered Southern Methodist University’s School of Engineering. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in biomedical engineering. Dr. Whitten received all of his medical and post-graduate training in Dallas. He graduated from medical school in 1984 from UT Southwestern Medical Center, where he also completed his residency in Anesthesiology, graduating in 1988. He completed a Fellowship in Transplantation Anesthesiology at UT Southwestern/Baylor University Medical Center from 1986-1987. Dr. Whitten joined the faculty at UT Southwestern in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management in the summer of 1988. Since then, he has held a number of administrative positions within the Department, including Director of the Division of Cardiovascular/Thoracic Anesthesiology and Director of the Parkland Health and Hospital Systems - Surgical Services division. He was named Holder of the M.T. "Pepper" Jenkins Professorship in Anesthesiology in 1998, was promoted to the rank of Professor in 1999 and received tenure in 2005. Dr. Whitten was named Vice Chairman of Educational Affairs in 2003, appointed the Residency Program Director in 2006, and named Interim Chair of the Department in February 2007. On September 1, 2008, Dr. Whitten was named Chairman and Holder of the Margaret Milam McDermott Distinguished Chair in Anesthesiology and Pain Management. On a national level, Dr. Whitten functions as an examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Whitten’s research interests include peri-operative inflammatory responses and peri-operative hemostatic alterations, in addition to economic factors influencing academic anesthesiology.


Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1984)
Baylor University Medical Center (1985), Anesthesiology
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1987), Transplant Anesthesiology
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1988), Anesthesiology

Research Interest

  • Economics of Academic Anesthesia Practice
  • Peri-op coagulation abnormalities
  • Peri-op inflammatory responses


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Organizational factors influencing clinical productivity of academic anesthesiology departments
Abouleish AE, Prough DS, Barker SJ, Whitten CW, Uchida T, Apfelbaum JL Anesthesia & Analgesia 2003
Influence of crystalloid and colloid replacement solutions in acute normovolemic hemodilution: A preliminary survey of hemostatic markers
Jones SB, Whitten CW, Despotis G, Monk T Anesthesia & Analgesia 2003 96 363-368
Comparing clinical productivity of anesthesiology groups
Abouleish AE, Prough DS, Whitten CW, Zornow MH, Lockhart A, Conlay LA, Abate JJ Anesthesiology 2002 97 608-616
Anesthetic considerations for bariatric surgery
Ogunnaike BO, Jones SB, Jones DB, Provost D, Whitten CW Anesthesia & Analgesia 2002 95 1793-1805
The impact of longer-than-average anesthesia times on the billing of academic anesthesiology departments
Abouleish AE, Prough DS, Hughes J, Whitten CW, conlay LA, Abate JJ, Horn TE Anesthesia & Analgesia 2001 93 1537-1543

Honors & Awards

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Joe Billy Wood Award
    Competition for first year Anesthesiology Residents (1985)
  • Mortar Board
    Society honoring outstanding college students for scholarship/leadership/ethos (1979)
  • Technical Club Prize
    Award for Outstanding First Year Engineering Student-SMU (1977)
  • Valedictorain
    Boonville Missouri High School (1976)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Board of Anesthesiology
  • American Society of Anesthesiology
  • Association of University Anesthesiologists
  • International Anesthesia Research Society
  • Texas Society of Anesthesiologists