Derek C. Whitaker, MD


Derek C. Whitaker, MD

Joint Replacement

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.

  • Specialties


    Joint Replacement

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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

April 25, 2024

I would choose him first.

March 30, 2024

Best ortho support ever. Followed provider to your service full confidence in his care

March 17, 2024


March 17, 2024

I followed Dr. Whitaker from xxx because I value his expertise and experience as a surgeon and as an ethical human.

March 12, 2024

He saved my life. I thank him for listening and caring enough to suggest further care.

February 23, 2024


January 28, 2024

He was very fair. Although recommended treatment I told they would provide was not provided to me. Not his fault, just concerned about my condition only

January 18, 2024

I could not have been treated any better.

January 18, 2024

I've recommended Dr Whitaker to several people. They have also been very pleased with him. Outstanding doctor! Very professional staff in the office as well.

December 14, 2023

Dr Whitaker is an excellent surgeon, compassionate, understanding, and a wonderful person.

December 12, 2023

I have recommended Dr Whitaker and AU often!!!

November 24, 2023

Dr Whitaker is a great Dr and has always been concerned about my progress and has always talked to me about my future care and therapy.

October 26, 2023

I hope he learns to be little more friendly and not so judgemental and uncaring attitude

August 25, 2023

Outstanding job

May 26, 2023

I have recommended this facility and Dr to several friends and family. They are always accommodating.

April 27, 2023

Dr. Witaker,MD has a warm bedside professional courtesy for his patients. I would definitely recommend him to other friends & family.

April 23, 2023

He elaborated on the nature/cause of my continuing pain. Prescribed plan. Gave me referrals for other ortho issues. Nice manner. Did a good job of instructing other physician who accompanied him.

April 22, 2023

This was one of the best experiences I have with a doctor. Dr. Whitaker discussed every aspect of my surgery and recovery. He showed he was concerned about all aspects of my mental, physical and emotional progress. I was completely overwhelmed by his level of concern and his positive approach to getting me back to complete recovery and my progress for the future.

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