Joseph K. Whitman was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and grew up in the small town of Lisbon. His loving parents raised two sons, and each were the first to attend college in their family. After graduating from Lisbon, Dr. Whitman pursued a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry at Mount Mercy University. His interest in medicine was profoundly influenced during his undergraduate education by his primary care physician as well as his research internship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in the HIV Immunology Laboratory. After graduating from Mount Mercy University in 2007, he and his high school sweetheart and now young wife, Jessica, moved to Kirksville, Missouri to complete his master’s degree in biomedical sciences and immunology. His medical education kept him in Missouri until graduation from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013. Dr. Whitman then pursued his General Surgery internship and Otolaryngology residency at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, Missouri. Half of his four years of specialty Otolaryngology residency included sub-specialty training in Springfield, Missouri (Mercy St. Johns Medical Center), Indianapolis, Indiana (Saint Francis Health Center), and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center). During this time, Jessica cared for their four young children (Parker, Caleb, Benjamin, and Adilynn) and managed her busy pediatric nurse practitioner practice. After completion of residency, Dr. Whitman and his family chose Grinnell, Iowa as the place to call home and joined the esteemed group of surgeons and providers at Surgical Associates, LLP in July 2018.
Apart from his joy of comprehensive otolaryngology specialty care, you will see Dr. Whitman as a proud husband and father. He will attend and support his three sons and their youth athletic baseball, soccer, basketball, and football leagues. You will also see their family of six on most evenings at the golf course enjoying the game just as he did as a youth and collegiate golfer. His additional hobbies include fishing, hunting, hiking, woodworking, classic cars, and campfires. Anything outdoors, everything athletics, and always with family and friends.