Richard Whitley, M.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Microbiology, Medicine and Neurosurgery; Co-Director, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases; Senior Scientist, Department of Gene Therapy; Senior Advisor for Drug Discovery and Development and Senior Leader, Pediatric Oncology Program, O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB. He is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director, of the Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance.
Dr. Whitley is responsible for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Collaborative Antiviral Study Group whose role is to perform clinical trials of antiviral therapies directed against medically important viral diseases of children and adults including viruses considered as threats to human health.
He received his B.A. in chemistry from Duke University and his M.D. from George Washington University. He has published more than 380 articles.