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Meet Dr. Donna Whitt
October 30, 2015

Dr. Donna Whitt is a Primary Care provider at Campus Health Services. This means she provides the full spectrum of health care from women’s health procedures to acute care.

Professional Path

Dr. Whitt received her undergraduate degree from NC State in Zoology. She came to UNC for medical school and did her residency in family medicine at UNC as well. She then worked in a rural practice in Siler City and with youth programs in the area. Dr. Whitt started at Campus Health as a temporary, full-time staff in January 2015 and became full-time permanent in July 2015.

Student Energy

When asked about why she wanted to work with UNC students, her answer was immediate and enthusiastic. “They are so full of life!” she gushed. She went on to talk about how she enjoys really getting to know students and helping them understand what can make them feel better to be more productive.  “I want to find ways to prevent some of the chronic illnesses I saw in my previous practices,” she noted. Promoting healthy lifestyles is a big part of her work. She also has to navigate student expectations, at times helping students understand that with some illnesses, there is no medication or quick fix that can help. “Sometimes time is the treatment,” she acknowledged.

Improving Patient Care and Access

At Campus Health, Dr. Whitt is on several committees that she sees having an impact on their work. “My biggest challenge here is wanting more time throughout the day. I want to spend longer or address every single thing with each patient, but it’s hard to fit it in,” Dr. Whitt lamented. She’s currently working with folks around Campus Health to implement dictation software into the clinics with the goal of increasing the provider’s time with patients and decreasing their time on the computer. She also is involved with an accessibility project that would allow students to see more of their regular team of providers when they make an appointment. “We hope to have more appointment spaces available so that when a patient wants to come in with acute needs, they can still have continuity of care by seeing someone they have worked with before,” she said.

Halloween Theme Parks

Outside of work, Dr. Whitt is an avid reader and a Halloween fan. She and her husband commit every year to visit a theme park doing a haunted house and Halloween theme for the holiday. “I love roller coasters!” she laughed.

Come see for yourself

Dr. Whitt can be found in the primary care clinics on the main floor of Campus Health, or at the closest theme park on Halloween.