Dr. Whitmarsh received his BA from UC Berkeley and his PhD. in anthropology from Princeton University. He joined UCSF's Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine in 2008. He is the Director of the PhD. Program in Medical Anthropology.
Dr. Whitmarsh has conducted research on ethnicity and chronic diseases in the Caribbean (Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago). This work explores competing interpretations between scientific researchers, health policy officials, and communities. He is the author of a book on asthma and race, co-editor of a book on the uses of race in science and policy, and has published widely on interpretations of disease, genomics, and new biomedical technologies in the US and the Caribbean. Dr. Whitmarsh's current work focuses on understandings and experiences of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease among different ethnic groups in the Caribbean.