About Dr. Whitten

Christine E. Whitten M.D. is the author of Whitten’s Step-By-Step Guides, a series of books teaching airway management, intubation, and respiratory care. The first book in the series is Anyone Can Intubate: A Step-By-Step Guide to Intubation and Airway Management. It is now in its 5th (revised) edition, and has been used in training programs for medical students and residents, nurses, Emergency Medical Technicians, respiratory therapists, and other first responders. Her newest book in the series is Pediatric Airway Management, A Step-By-Step Guide, with additional books in development.

Dr. Christine E. Whitten is currently a practicing anesthesiologist at the Kasier Permanente Medical Center in San Diego, California where she served as Chief of Anesthesia and Director of Perioperative Services for 10 years. She received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1979.

Dr. Whitten believes that education leads to better patient care. Her books, as well as her training videos on intubation and airway management, are used in training programs both nationally and internationally.

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Chris Whitten examines an impatient patient during a volunteer surgical team trip to Vietnam

After her anesthesiology residency at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia she completed fellowships in regional anesthesia and intensive care. Following training she was on the teaching staff, Director of Regional Anesthesia, and Co-Director of the Chronic Pain Clinic at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego from 1983-1988. She became Board Certified in 1984.

Dr. Whitten also served for 10 years as the Southern California Permanente Regional Coordinator of Pain Management and for 8 years as the Kasier Permanente Care Management Institute National Lead for Chronic Pain Management. In those capacities she assisted in the national development and implementation of the multidisciplinary Chronic Pain Management Programs for Kaiser Permanente.

A dedicated educator, Dr. Whitten has also authored and produced 7 videos on intubation and airway management as well as on several perioperative nursing topics.

Dr. Whitten is the co-author of “Anesthesia for the Developing Countries of the World” in A Different Kind of Diplomacy: A Source book for International Volunteers,” Plastic Surgery Research Foundation, San Diego, California, 1987.  She is also the author of “Avoiding Anesthesia Mishaps in the 3rd World,” Seminars in Anesthesia, “Third World Medicine Is an Excellent Model for Operational Medicine”, Military Medicine, and the author of a series of 11 articles in the journal Emergency Medicine on intubation and airway management. She has lectured frequently both in the United States and overseas.

Dr. Whitten is an active volunteer for the international plastic surgery teams Operation Smile,  Norfolk, Virginia and Interface, San Diego, California. Both groups provide free surgery to children of less-developed countries. Besides participating in the surgical teams, she has also instructed anesthesia providers and nurses during these trips to Mexico, Vietnam, Honduras, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Colombia, Kenya, and Thailand.