Derek C. Whitaker, MD


Derek C. Whitaker, MD


Dr. Whitaker is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with a fellowship in adult reconstruction. After graduating from The University of Richmond, he earned his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University / Medical College of Virginia in 1998. He completed an orthopaedic residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas in 2005. After two military deployments and an overseas assignment, Dr. Whitaker completed a fellowship in Adult Reconstruction of the Hip and Knee at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. He then joined the faculty at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in 2011 and served as Chairman of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation from 2014 until his Army retirement in 2020, after 22 years of service. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS). Dr. Whitaker has published several peer-reviewed journal articles and online publications. He specializes in adult reconstruction of the hip and knee, which includes treatment of hip and knee problems arising from arthritis and other inflammatory conditions, trauma, and congenital/developmental conditions.

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American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Certified

Education and Training

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University - Medical College of Virginia

Internship: William Beaumont Army Medical Center

Residency: William Beaumont Army Medical Center

Fellowship: Virginia Commonwealth University Health System

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Dr. Whitaker’s Reviews

November, 13 2022

Dr. Whitaker is the best provider I have seen at Orthopedics. I requested to change providers because the other provider I was seeing I did not care for at all. I never got to see her or meet her and always saw a PA. I did not like that.

October, 16 2022

The first encounter with Dr Whitaker was uneasy but on October 14th I felt more comfortable and at ease with him performing my surgery.

August, 11 2022

It's all good.

June, 16 2022

Dr Whitaker explained everything to me.

May, 9 2022

I have had lots of Orthopedic issues through the years and seen a number of different Orthopedic physicians - Dr. Whitaker was BY FAR the most pleasant initial Ortho visit with a provider I have ever had. I was there to establish care to follow up from a xxx but was having problems with xxx which he was able to address (complete with x-rays) at the same visit). He sat down, listened to me, did a thorough exam, and provided some more explanation when I asked him to explain further about a new dx (xxx). He was a wonderful provider and I would highly recommend him to anyone needing Ortho care.

May, 6 2022

Great experience

May, 5 2022

Nice to finally meet Dr Whitaker

March, 25 2022

He really listened to me

March, 24 2022

My father need an Ortho xxx and while dr Whitaker is hands down who I would recommend, I'm unsure if I would do so due to the lack of continuity of care/communication between staff (trying to reach a nurse or dr to have an urgent matter discussed) And doctor.

March, 12 2022

I was impressed with Dr Whittaker's knowledge and suggestions for solutions for my problem.

March, 4 2022

He is awesome

February, 25 2022


February, 25 2022

Dr. Whitaker is always kind and considerate for my needs. I appreciate him and this care team!

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