Steve Whitman

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Steven Whitman (born May 19, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York; died July 21, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois) was a social epidemiologist and public health researcher.

Whitman grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a master's degree in biometrics at the University of Pittsburgh in 1964 and a master's in biostatistics at Yale University in 1968 before completing his Ph.D. in 1969.

Whitman began his teaching career at Miles College, and also led classes at Holy Family Catholic High School. He married colleague Theresa Perry and adopted her daughter, Imani.

In 1978 Whitman left Birmingham to join the faculty of Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. He was a senior epidemiologist at the university's Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research until 1991, when he was hired as deputy commissioner and director of epidemiology for the Chicago Department of Public Health. Much of his research concerned racial disparities in public health and mortality in the United States.

In 1984 Whitman married activist and former Youth International Party co-founder Nancy Kurshan. They couple had two children, Rosa and Michael.

In 2000 Whitman was hired to head the newly-created Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) at Chicago's Mount Sinai Hospital. He died from cancer in July 2014.