Distinguished Alumni


Since completing his residency at MedStar NRH in 2004, Dr. Curtis Whitehair has emerged as a leader in the field of medical education and patient care.  He is currently the Program Director of the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital/MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Training Program, the Director of the Cancer Rehabilitation program for MedStar NRH and the MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network. He sees patients at the MedStar NRH Outpatient Physician Center in Washington, DC. 

In 2010, as a MedStar Health Teaching Scholar, he completed the Association of American Medical Colleges' Medical Education Research Certification. He is a core faculty member and course director at the Harvard Macy Institute a collaborative effort of Harvard Medical School, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Harvard Business School. The Harvard Macy Institute brings together health care professionals, educators, and leaders to discuss the critical challenges of the day and design innovative solutions that have a lasting impact on the way medicine is practiced and students are educated.

 Dr. Whitehair was one of just 10 recipients of the prestigious 2016 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award from the Accreditation Council  for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), in recognition of his mentorship of residents, and his expertise and leadership in the field of physical medicine & rehabilitation.  

"Being a program director is very much like being the conductor of an orchestra. In order to succeed you need the support of all players, " says Dr. Whitehair. "I've been fortunate that the leadership at Medstar NRH has supported my efforts. They have made education a critical mission of this institution. I'm grateful for their support- and very grateful to ACGME for this honor."