Careen Whitley, M.D.


​Meet Dr.​ Whitley

Careen Whitley, M.D., a Hill Health​ family medicine practitioner, has been caring for patients in Oakland since 1984. 

After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Dr. Whitley debated between pursuing a doctorate in psychiatry and going to medical school. In the end, medical school won out because of her longstanding love of the sciences. Once she started on her career path, she found her true calling.

“I had a wonderful mentor in medical school, followed by a great experience doing my family practice residency,” says Dr. Whitley. “I truly enjoy family medicine.”

Dr. Whitley strongly believes patients need to be advocates for their healthcare. “My goal is to empower patients to take charge of their health. It’s important to be an active participant rather than expect the healthcare system to take care of you,” she adds.

Dr. Whitley has seen many changes in healthcare during the three decades she’s been in practice, from less invasive surgeries to a stronger focus on preventive health. Two things that haven’t changed are her love of interacting with patients and her fascination with diagnosing medical illnesses. 

“I always felt that if I wasn’t enjoying​ my job, I’d do something else,” she says. “Well, I’m still here in practice after 30 years. I really enjoy getting to see my patients over a long period of time. Being a part of their lives and helping them through the good times and the bad is very rewarding.” ​

Outside of her practice, Dr. Whitley enjoys playing golf, a hobby she picked up later in life. She also plays the piano and enjoys reading and traveling. She knows a little Spanish and would love to spend more time visiting Spanish-speaking countries to become more conversational.

Specialty: Family Medicine​
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine 
Residency: University O​f California Irvine Medicine 
Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine 1984- 2018​

Patients who need inpatient hospital care will be directed to the nearby Alta Bates Summit Medical Center​

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