Patient Rating:

4.9 out of 5

41 Patient Ratings
34 Patient Comments

Kevin J. Whitehead, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.9 out of 5

41 Patient Ratings
34 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 587-0555 University Hospital
Utah Adult Congential Heart Clinic
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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(801) 213-2033 University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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(801) 581-8188 University Hospital
HHT Center
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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Bio

Kevin Whitehead, MD is an Associate Professor of Cardiology at the University of Utah, and also has privileges at Primary Children's Medical Center. He cares for adults with congenital heart disease, heart disease in pregnancy, and other patients with cardiac complications of genetic diseases (such as muscular dystrophies). Dr. Whitehead is the Co-Director of the Utah Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) Center, and in this role provides overall medical management and coordination of care to HHT patients seen at the University.

He received his M.D. from the University of Alberta, and did an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Western Ontario. He completed Cardiology fellowship and a Cardiovascular Research fellowship at the University of Utah, where he was named a Pfizer Cardiovascular Research Fellow in 2000. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease and echocardiography. He is currently a member of the American Heart Association, American Society of Echocardiography, and the North American Vascular Biology Organization.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Internal Medicine - Associate Professor
Pediatrics - Adjunct Associate Professor
Academic Divisions Cardiovascular Medicine
Pediatric Cardiology
Board Certification American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Cardiovascular Disease)
Fellow of Royal College of Physicians of Canada
National Board of Echocardiography

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending care provider
4.9
My confidence in care provider
4.9
Time care provider spent with me
4.9
Care provider spoke using clear language
4.9
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.9
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
4.9
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
4.9
Wait time at clinic
4.2
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy
4.9

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

August 25, 2014

After spending so much time waiting, I became very nervous and sweating. The exam room was very cold and I became extremely uncomfortably cold. I don't understand being so far behind and not keeping track of or in touch with the patients to attempt to help them be comfortable.

August 22, 2014

He was not listening to my concerns and he also had not prepared for my visit and had not read a very important e-mail from my referring physician and he was not knowledgable about my existing condition.

July 24, 2014

Dr. Whitehead and Jamie McDonald were both terrific. I couldn't be happier.

July 21, 2014

The echo and the appt w/ Dr Whitehead went very well. He was very concerned and took the time to answer all of our questions.

July 17, 2014

I was very impressed with Dr Whitehead. In the past I was seen by Dr Larry Green (who I liked very well) and was apprehensive about going to a different cardiologist, but he was great.

July 10, 2014

Everything was so much better than we came to expect after living in CA for 20 years.

June 11, 2014

Kevin has been my doctor since Dr. Green retired years ago and understands my complex multiple issues with great understanding! He doesn't force medications if I am scared to take them (since I am the odd person out and they usually work the opposite). Maybe someday I will be brave and try a new medication, but only if I am admitted into the hospital when Dr. Whitehead is on call so he can be there as soon as possible when and if odd side effects occur. I have gone two times to my local emergency room after trying new medications and was told I was having a panic attack, when I knew it was the new medication. I trust Dr. Whitehead completely!

June 10, 2014

Dr.Whitehead should be recognized for his exceptional care that he provides to his congenital patients. Thank you for caring.

February 25, 2014

Couldn't feel better, know more and feel better than I did going in. Great doctor and he cares

January 18, 2014

I'm extremely impressed with Dr Whitehead and his knowledge.

December 21, 2013

Dr. Whitehead and Julie are superior

December 21, 2013

I wouldn't normally give this glowing a recommendation but I could find nothing to complain about for the entire visit. Dr. Whitehead and the doctor with him were extremely thorough and spent as much time as I needed get my questions answered. I learned more about my condition than i had before. They even apologized for a miscommunication that occurred five years prior. I was very pleased with the entire experience and felt it went like I wish all doctor visits could be.

October 21, 2013

Excellent first experience. Very productive.

August 13, 2013

Both Jamie McDonald and Dr. Whitehead were extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, and thorough. I feel so fortunate to have their expertise and care at the HHT clinic here.

August 12, 2013

my provider is very good at listening and letting me know what things need to be done.

December 26, 2012

Dr. Whitehead spent close to an hour discussing my situation with both my wife and me. As a result we both left feeling confident that his recommendations were proper and we both felt at ease.

October 15, 2012

When the doctor finally came to see me, I felt better about the wait and what I learned.

October 09, 2012

he was down to earth

October 08, 2012

It is a wonderful experience to have physicians and staff knowledgeable and informative. HHT is a rare genetic disease, Most professionals have no knowledge of the disease. A good experience!

October 02, 2012

Thanks DR. Whitehead and Julie for being understanding and helpful.

October 02, 2012

In the last year, I have been at several medical facilities for both myself and my mother. We've been to Stanford, UCLA, Marin General Hospital, Kaiser. University of Utah far exceeded the care and courtesy of any of those facilities. I've never had a better experience than I did at Utah.

September 24, 2012

Both Drs. Whitehead and Yen were very intent in listening to my questions. I was pleased with the amount of time that Dr. Whitehead spent with me, making sure that I understood the possibilities in treatment and the pros and cons of each option. Great team of physicians.

September 17, 2012

Dr. Whitehead and Dr. McDonald were amazing. They answered all my questions and helped me understand the importance of getting screened. Dr. Whitehead explored all possible reasons for my symptoms and kept an open mind.

September 12, 2012

All were excellent

September 04, 2012

We really appreciated the time spent to answer our questions and we didn't feel rushed through our visit, that was impressive since we know how busy you are.

July 30, 2012

It gives great confidence and makes you feel better when the caregiver spends the time necessary to do or explain things and doesn't treat you like a number. The discussions were informative and very helpful to understand the situation.

July 24, 2012

Dr. Whitehead was excellent in our dealings.

March 15, 2012

was very thorough in explaining everything.

March 15, 2012

I was really impressed with Dr. Whitehead! I had a bad experience with one of his collegues in Cardiology and was looking for another provider when someone that I work with, one of Dr. Whitehead's patients, recommended I go see him. So I made an appointment and I'm so glad I did! Dr. Whitehead explained everything about my bicuspid aaortic valve and told me different options of things out there to treat/monitor it. He also went the extra mile and had me get an MRI to just make sure everything else was looking ok and I really appreciated that. It showed me that he really cared. :) So yes I would definitely recommend him to others!

March 08, 2012

Dr. Whitehead is totally professional and efficient . Always pleasant.

March 01, 2012

I'm not sure if Dr Whitehead was distracted by other patients (I'm sure he has many thoughts going through his head. He seemed a little distracted arty first when our visit started but as the appointment went on he was great.

February 29, 2012

Dr Whithead takes good care of the patient .

February 16, 2012

Very good experience

January 26, 2012

The doctor got called out during the visit and he was gone almost 45 minutes. It would have been better to let us come back.

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Developmental Biology
  • Vascular Development

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Internal Medicine - Associate Professor
Pediatrics - Adjunct Associate Professor
Academic Divisions Cardiovascular Medicine
Pediatric Cardiology
Board Certification American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Cardiovascular Disease)
Fellow of Royal College of Physicians of Canada
National Board of Echocardiography

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 587-3602 George and Dolores Eccles Institute of Human Genetics
Molecular Medicine
15 N 2030 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 581-7715 School of Medicine
Cardiology
30 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Kevin Whitehead, MD is an Associate Professor of Cardiology at the University of Utah, and co-director of the Utah Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) Center of Excellence. He is affiliated with the Molecular Medicine Program (U2M2) located in the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics. His research is focused on cardiovascular development and disease, including animal models of cerebral cavernous malformations (CCM). Research interests also include clinical research in HHT and congenital heart disease.

He received his M.D. from the University of Alberta, and did an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Western Ontario. He completed Cardiology fellowship and a Cardiovascular Research fellowship at the University of Utah, where he was named a Pfizer Cardiovascular Research Fellow in 2000. His research project was with Dr. Dean Li of the Cardiology Division with an initial focus on characterizing mouse models of HHT.

As the genetics of the three genes known to cause CCM were described, the focus of his research evolved. During his research fellowship he characterized mice lacking CCM1. With support from the American Heart Association and a career development award from the NIH he developed mice with conditional mutations in all three of the CCM genes. He has characterized vascular development in these models and has established conditions to reproduce the pathology of the human disease in mice.

Building on his clinical expertise, his work has involved in vivo characterization of flow and physiology by ultrasound. Supported by a successful instrumentation grant, he now directs the Small Animal Ultrasound core laboratory, with two state-of-the-art high-resolution ultrasound machines available for use by the university community.

He is also principal investigator of the Utah site of the first multi-center trial of therapy for epistaxis (nosebleeds) associated with HHT (NOSE trial), and is exploring outcomes and associations in the many patients with either HHT or congenital heart disease seen at our center.

He is currently a member of the American Heart Association, American Society of Echocardiography, and the North American Vascular Biology Organization. He has previously served on the board of directors of the Utah AHA office, and the Western States AHA affiliate research committee. He currently serves on the National AHA Unified Peer Review Committee.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship University of Utah School of Medicine
Cardiology
Fellow
Residency University of Western Ontario
Internal Medicine
Resident
Internship University of Western Ontario
Internal Medicine
Intern
Professional Medical University of Alberta - School of Medicine
Medicine
M.D.
Undergraduate University of Alberta
Medical Science
B.Med.Sci.
Undergraduate University of Lethbridge
Biochemistry
Undergraduate University of Lethbridge
Pre-Medicine

Publications

Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Chan AC, Drakos SG, Ruiz O, Smith ACH, Gibson CC, Ling J, Passi SF, Stratman AN, Sacharidou A, Revelo MP, Grossmann AH, Diakos NA, Davis GE, Metzstein MM, Whitehead KJ, Li DY Co-corresponding authors (2011). Mutations in two distinct genetic pathways result in cerebral cavernous malformations in mice. J Clin Invest, 121(5), 1871-1881.
  2. London NR, Whitehead KJ, Li DY (2009). Endogenous endothelial cell signaling systems maintain vascular stability. Angiogenesis.
  3. Whitehead KJ, Chan AC, Navankasattusas S, Koh W, London NR, Ling J, Mayo AH, Drakos SG, Marchuk DA, Davis GE, Li DY (2009). The Cerebral Cavernous Malformation signaling pathway promotes vascular integrity via Rho GTPases. Nat Med, 15(2), 177-184.

Abstract

  1. Whitehead KJ, Chan AC, Navankasattusas S, London NR, Li DY (2008). Impaired Tube Formation and Endothelial Barrier Function in a Mouse Model of Human Vascular Malformation [Abstract]. Circulation, 118(S_522).

Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials

  • Biomarkers Study
    Keywords: Malformations, Cerebral, Cavernous, Hereditary , Hemorrhagic, Telangiectasia
    Status: Not yet recruiting Principal Investigator: Kevin Whitehead

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