I grew up in Massachusetts and New York. I went to Tufts University and switched there from pre-vet to pre-med, graduating with honors and a major in Human Factors Engineering. Two college summers were spent at Gallaudet University, immersed in ASL and Deaf culture, before starting at the Medical College of Virginia / Virginia Commonwealth University. I then did the first year of family practice residency at the Lehigh Valley Hospital program, aiming to become a Family Doctor working with the Deaf community.
Life then unexpectedly took me back to Washington DC, while my future wife had her own training opportunity, and I augmented my own clinical education with a 1-year internship in Internal Medicine at George Washington University. While at GW, I was invited to stay on, and thus completed my 3-year residency in Internal Medicine. This is when I also realized that in fact, I was more cut out to be a specialist, and my interest in gastroenterology took hold.
While waiting to begin GI training, I worked for a year in a small ICU/CCU at Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital in Brisbane Australia, before returning to GW for my 3-year GI fellowship.
Gastroenterology/Hepatology/Endoscopy offers me the specialty knowledge I craved, a procedural focus in which to use my hands regularly, and a mix of outpatient and inpatient cases. Most importantly, practicing at NWGastroEndo since 2007 has given me an opportunity for meaningful long-term patient relationships, which is something I really appreciated about family practice and continue to treasure.
I am married to a west-coast Canadian, which is what ultimately brought us to Bellingham, where we feel so lucky to have landed. Much of my free time is spent with my wife and our 4 children. Other interests include traveling, learning guitar, supporting the arts, and anything on beautiful Lake Whatcom.
Dr. Witte joined NW Gastroenterology & Endoscopy in 2007.
- Medical School: Medical College of Virginia
- Internship: Lehigh Valley Hospital
- Residency: George Washington University
- Fellowship: George Washington University