Peter Whitted, MD, JD

Dr. Whitted is a specialist in external ocular disease, anterior segment, laser surgery, glaucoma and LASIK/vision correction surgery. A native of Omaha, he received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and a law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln. Dr. Whitted went on to earn a medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Following a pathology internship at the University of Colorado College of Medicine in Denver, Dr. Whitted completed his ophthalmology residency at Baylor College of Medicine, Cullen Eye Institute, Houston. Dr. Whitted joined Midwest Eye Care in 1984.

Dr. Whitted is a member of the credentialing committee and an executive advisory committee for a metro area hospital, and acts as a physician representative on the Board of Directors for COPIC, a regional malpractice insurer.  He recently completed a 20-year tenure as medical director of the Nebraska Lions Eye Bank, and is a former chief of medical staff at the Nebraska Medical Center.  He is the past president of the Metro Omaha Medical Society and of the Nebraska Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Whitted is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the Nebraska Bar Association. Dr. Whitted provides surgical services each year for Mission Cataract USA, and also provides volunteer services to Hope Medical Outreach Coalition, One World Health Center and Prevent Blindness Nebraska. He has served as a board member for Prevent Blindness Nebraska, Sienna Francis House, Voices for Children, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He was named to the Board of Directors of the University of Nebraska Foundation in 2005, and also serves as a Trustee for the Foundation.

Dr. Whitted has been elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® from 1996 to 2017. The Best Doctors in America® list is created through surveys of thousands of doctors, and less than four percent of American doctors make the list each year. Dr. Whitted is one of just two Omaha-area ophthalmologists to be included on the list since its inception in 1996.


Curriculum Vitae

Peter J. Whitted, MD, JD
4353 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68131
(402) 552-2020


College: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Bachelor of Arts, 1972

Law School: University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, Juris Doctor, 1975

Medical School: University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha, Doctor of Medicine, 1979

Internship: University of Colorado College of Medicine, Denver, Internship in Patholgy, 1979-1980

Preceptorship: Filkins, Meissner, Madson & Durrie, Omaha, Ophthalmology, 1980-1981

Residency: Baylor College of Medicine – Cullen Eye Institute, Houston, Ophthalmology, 1981-1984

Postgraduate Business School: Canedy Institute for Medical Executives – University of Nebraska Omaha, 1997

Board Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology, 1986.


Medical Licensure:
Iowa #24785
Nebraska #15524
Missouri #R2F93


Corporate Board:

Colorado Physicians Insurance Company (COPIC), 2006 – present,  Audit Committee; Co-chair Compensation Committee


Academic Appointments:

2010 – Present – Adjunct Clinical Professor – University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences


1986 – 2010 – Clinical Instructor, University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology


1983 – 1984 – Assistant Instructor, Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology


1975 – 1976 – Graduate Assistant, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Student Affairs


Hospital Affiliations:

Alegent Creighton Health System Center, Omaha, NE

The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha, NE


Memberships and Positions:

University of Nebraska Foundation

Trustee, 2002 – present

Board of Directors, 2005 – 2009

Nominating Committee, 2005 – 2007

Chairman Elect, 2010-2011

Chairman of the Board, 2012-2013


Metro Omaha Medical Society

Nebraska Medical Association Executive Board/MOMS, 2006-2007 Representative

President, 2004

Board of Directors, 1995 – present


The Nebraska Medical Center

Chief of Staff, 2008 – 2009

Vice Chief of Staff, 2005 – 2007

Credentials Committee Co-Chairman, 1995 – present

Chairman Department of Surgery – Clarkson Hospital, 1996


Nebraska Lions Eye Bank

Medical Director, 1990-2011

Board of Directors, 1990-2011


Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Board of Directors, 2002-present


Voices for Children Board of Directors

Board Member, 2001-2004


Nebraska Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons

Executive Committee Member, 2004-2011

Legislative Committee Chairman, 2004-present

President, 1991-1992

Counselor to AAO – 1998-2004


Nebraska Medical Association

Delegate/Alternate House of Delegates, 1988-present

Head of the Professional Liability Committee, 2002-2005

Nebraska Medical Association BOD, 2006-present

Professional Liability Committee, 2000- present


American Academy of Ophthalmology

Board of Trustees, 2008-2011

Congressional Advocacy Committee-Chairman, Secretary, 2001-2007

Residency and Fellowship Review Committee, 1988-1992


Prevent Blindness of Nebraska

Board of Directors, 1990-2000

Chairman of Board of Directors, 1990-1991

Operation Eyeglasses Program, Volunteer Ophthalmologist, 1989-2012


Siena-Frances House

Board of Directors, 1995-1998


Mission Cataract

Mission Cataract-Volunteer Surgeon, 1996-present


Medical Mission Trips

Project Orbis (InternationalFlyingEyeCenter) Qindao, China—Volunteer, 1992 Teaching Surgeon

Dominican Republic-Volunteer Doctor, 2000, 2007



“Corneal Endothelial Changes After Argon Laser Iridotomy.” Smith, Whitted; American Journal of Ophthalmology, 98:153-6, 1984

Primary investigator, Phase III Asthma and Lens Opacification, XRP1525B-3027, Aventis Pharm. Corp., 2003



Class Vice-president, University of Nebraska College of Medicine, 1976-1979

President of Student Body, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 1977

Student Regent, University of Nebraska, 1977

Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1999

Best Doctors National List, Best Doctors in America, 1996 – 2012

Champion of Hope, One World Health Clinic, 2005

Distinguished Service Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2007

Leadership and Service Award, Nebraska Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, 2008

Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2009