Today, the Chicago Department of Public (CDPH) mourns the loss of a public health icon. Dr. Steve Whitman, who served as CDPH’s Director of Epidemiology for many years, died Sunday.
After leaving CDPH, Dr. Whitman directed the Sinai Urban Health Institute, where his groundbreaking research fully documented alarming differences in breast cancer mortality among African American women compared to white women in Chicago and other cities across the nation.
Dr. Whitman was passionate about public health. He worked tirelessly to reduce the toll of chronic conditions such as breast cancer, diabetes and asthma, especially in neighborhoods that suffer a disproportionate burden of disease and poor health.
At his core, Dr. Whitman was not just an outstanding public health practitioner, he was an advocate for social justice.
Our thoughts go out to Dr. Whitman’s family and friends.