Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

60 Patient Ratings
69 Patient Comments

Kevin J. Whitehead, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

60 Patient Ratings
69 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(208) 367-2121
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center
1055 N. Curtis Road
Boise, ID 83706
(801) 581-8188
University Hospital
HHT Center
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Map
(801) 585-7676
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Map
(801) 585-7676
University Hospital
Utah Adult Congential Heart Clinic
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Map
(775) 289-3612
William B. Ririe Hospital & Rural Health Clinic
6 Steptoe Circle
Ely, NV 89301

Bio

Kevin Whitehead, MD is an Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Utah, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatric Cardiology at Primary Children's Medical Center. He also is an Attending Physician at the George E. Wahlen Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is co-director of the Utah Adult Congenital Heart Disease center and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Adult Congenital Heart Disease. 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). As an outgrowth of his interests in congenital and genetic cardiovascular diseases, Dr. Whitehead is also 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 a fellow of the American Heart Association, and a member of the 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 National Board of Echocardiography
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Cardiovascular Disease)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
Fellow of Royal College of Physicians of Canada
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Adult Congenital Heart Disease)

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
4.7
Care provider spoke using clear language
4.8
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.8
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
4.9
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
4.9
Wait time at clinic
4.1
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.

September 25, 2016

Dr. Whitehead demonstrates that he understands each person is an individual. I always appreciate how he treats me as a whole person, not just a tricky medical presentation!

September 11, 2016

dr was very nice and willing to answer questions. didn't seem rushed. willing to talk with me.

July 16, 2016

Overall I was very impressed. Would like to understand follow up and results better.

June 18, 2016

My doctor was very good at communicating my and with taking my medical issues seriously. excellent.

June 06, 2016

very competent friendly doctor/nurses

May 28, 2016

They took a lot of time with me and explained very well.

May 12, 2016

We have been EXTREMELY impressed with Dr. Whitehead! Especially his caring and willingness to go above and beyond to help showing how much he cares about his patient(s)! Thanks!

May 04, 2016

Kevin has always treated me with respect and dignity. I am very grateful that he is always willing to show professional courtesy to me, given that I also work in cardiology. I truly believe that patients should always play a role in their healthcare, as long as the provider(s) are also amenable to that. Kevin Whitehead, MD plays a big part in this.

April 19, 2016

Outstanding visit! Thanks!

February 22, 2016

I spent a great deal of time researching cardiologists prior to selecting Dr. Whitehead. In addition to reviewing his educational background, list of specific disciplines, and where he has worked throughout his career, I reviewed patient reviews and comments. I was extremely pleased to find out that he was everything I had hoped for, and read, in his patient reviews. I feel extremely confident moving forward with him as my cardiologist. He took all of the time I desired to review my extensive history and then all of my echo results, etc. accomplished prior to meeting with him that day. He then explained everything in simple terms, and answered every question I had. We discussed together my care moving forward and what I can plan on for the next 10+ years. I "Wholeheartedly" endorse and recommend Dr. Whitehead to anyone in need of a cardiologist.

January 28, 2016

We can truly say the whole medical staff were wonderful to deal with. They made us fell very comfortable in dealing with a very difficult situation in our lives.

January 09, 2016

I felt listened to and understood. Both doctors recognized my concerns and seemed to take them seriously. I agreed with the tests that were ordered.

January 07, 2016

we were treated very well

November 15, 2015

Dr. Whitehead and Jamie were amazing with listening to my concerns and discussing my symptoms.

November 09, 2015

It was a very informative visit over all.

November 08, 2015

Dr. Whitehead is amazing. He took the time to explain my possible condition, options, and was supportive of my desire to take the most conservative approach. At the same time, he explained why it was important to make sure he properly diagnosed me. Dr. Whitehead is quite possibly the best doctor I've ever had the pleasure of seeing.

October 02, 2015

Dr. Whitehead spent a very long time with me explaining things and answering my questions. At the very end when I knew he needed to move on he made the comment that my liver was retaining water. Then he made a quick exit and told me the nurse would be in. I have that question about my liver to ask first thing when I see him again although I would have preferred to ask it then but he was gone so suddenly that I couldn't. I do understand he had spent a lot of time with me and I appreciate it but the abrupt departure was unsettling. No real harm done.

September 19, 2015

Dr. Whitehead is a super Dr., caring, understandable, patient & in whom one can have confidence.

September 07, 2015

Thank you Dr Whitehead for always taking excellent care of your patients.

August 26, 2015

I feel confident in my care there.

August 23, 2015

really spent time to go over any questions I had and was able to explain things well.

August 02, 2015

Dr. Whitehead was thorough and happy to answer all my questions completely.

July 05, 2015

As stated previously, all the staff were excellent.

June 16, 2015

I felt that the staff was very informed on my health issues and made me feel at ease.

May 26, 2015

All went very well. The doctor had Jamie (HHT Clinic) follow up with me in answer to a question I had

May 19, 2015

I appreciate that Dr Whitehead tries to think about the whole body, not just the heart. That perspective has directly improved my care and my health.

April 26, 2015

Dr Whitehead and Jamie McDonald are the best!

February 03, 2015

I could not have asked for better care from Dr. Whitehead.

November 24, 2014

Dr. Whitehead is wonderful to work with. He always explains in terms we can understand and also recaps the visit so he is confident we understand what occurred at the visit.

November 20, 2014

Like I already said. Our experience with Dr. Whitehead and Jami McDonald was exceptional.

October 07, 2014

The doctor and nurses were very good at answering all questions we asked

October 05, 2014

Dr Whitehead has always been very understanding and compassionate. He has went to the extra mile to help me and my family. I am very thankful to have him care for my husband.

September 23, 2014

It was one of the most informative appointments I've had in a while. He even gave me the original copy of the surgery I initially had as an infant. The explanations were clear and he did not hesitate or seemed bothered by all of the different questions I had, which was nice for a change. Sometimes when I go into doctor's appointments I feel rushed, but this was great, I felt like we were able to take as much time as he felt we needed to make sure we left feeling comfortable with the information we had been given and that we were making well educated decisions.

September 15, 2014

Dr. Whitehead is an excellent provider and a fine gentleman, and he has my every confidence.

September 06, 2014

Dr. Whitehead was the nicest, informative, down to earth guy. Extremely knowledgeable about HHT. I look forward to working with him in the future and putting my case in his hands to direct my Dr.s here in Colorado.

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

  • Developmental Biology
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • 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 National Board of Echocardiography
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Cardiovascular Disease)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
Fellow of Royal College of Physicians of Canada
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Adult Congenital Heart Disease)

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) 585-7676 School of Medicine
Cardiology
30 N 1900 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Kevin Whitehead, MD is an Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Utah, and Attending Physician at the George E. Wahlen Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is 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.

His work with vascular malformations includes a deep commitment to improving the care of patients with HHT, and advancing basic, genetic and clinical research to improve our understanding and management of this inherited vascular malformation syndrome.

He is currently a fellow of the American Heart Association, and a member of the 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, the Western States AHA affiliate research committee, and the National AHA Unified Peer Review Committee.

Research Statement

Kevin Whitehead, MD is an Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Utah, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatric Cardiology at Primary Children's Medical Center. He also is an Attending Physician at the George E. Wahlen Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

His research interests are focused on cardiovascular development and vascular malformation syndromes. He began his research career as a postdoctoral fellow studying mouse models of hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT). This work blossomed into a clinical interest in HHT and he now co-directs the Utah HHT Center of Excellence that follows a large number of patients with this rare genetic disorder, having seen over 1250 patients in the 20 years since the clinic's inception. He is interested in defining outcomes, risks and biomarkers in this well-characterized population of patients, and advancing promising therapies into clinical trials.

His interest in inherited vascular malformation syndromes includes models and mechanisms of disease and development for cerebral cavernous malformations, another inherited vascular malformation that predisposes to hemorrhagic stroke and seizures. He has developed mouse models for the three known genetic causes of CCM and is exploring disease mechanisms and testing therapeutic approaches for CCM with these models. This continues to include an interest in defining the role of these genes in normal cardiovascular development.

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. Whitehead KJ, Sautter NB, McWilliams JP, Chakinala MM, Merlo CA, Johnson MH, James M, Everett EM, Clancy MS, Faughnan ME, Oh SP, Olitsky SE, Pyeritz RE, Gossage JR (2016). Effect of Topical Intranasal Therapy on Epistaxis Frequency in Patients with Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia: a Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA, 316(9), 943-951.
  2. Hunter BN, Timmins BH, McDonald J, Whitehead KJ, Ward PD, Wilson KF (2015). An evaluation of the severity and progression of epistaxis in hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia 1 versus hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia 2. Laryngoscope, (ePub).
  3. Gibson CC, Zhu W, Davis CT, Bowman-Kirigin JA, Chan AC, Ling J, Walker AE, Goitre L, Delle Monache S, Retta SF, Shiu YT, Grossmann AH, Thomas KR, Donato AJ, Lesniewski LA, Whitehead KJ, Li DY (2015). Strategy for Identifying Repurposed Drugs for the Treatment of Cerebral Cavernous Malformation. Circulation, 131(3), 289-99.

Global Impact

Global Impact

Education History

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

Clinical Trials

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