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Alan C. Whitters

Alan C. Whitters, MD

Specialty: Psychiatry

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with Alan C. Whitters, please call 319-369-4777

Areas of Interest

Practice limited to hospital inpatient and consults only. Interested in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), collaborative care of psychiatric patients, national and state legislative changes to advance psychiatric treatment. Medical Director, Mercy Medical Center Behavioral Services.

Year began practicing: 1987

Year joined staff: 2014

Education and Training


University of Iowa College of Medicine


University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Teaching or Professional Positions

  • Chief of Psychiatry, Mercy Medical Center, 09/11- present
  • Executive Board, Iowa Psychiatric Society/ Nomination Chair, 7/10-present
  • Executive Board, Iowa Psychiatric Society/ Membership Chair, 7/04-2008
  • Director, Iowa Disaster Response Team, Iowa Psychiatry Society, 7/04 -2008
  • Chief of Psychiatry, St Luke’s Hospital, 1/94-12/94, 1/04 -12/04
  • Chief of Psychiatry, Mercy Medical Center, 1/93-12/94
  • Chairman, Public Affairs Committee, Iowa Psychiatric Society, 3/90-3/93
  • Medical Director, Abbe Center for Community Mental Health, 11/98-9/01
  • Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Iowa, 7/89- 6/08
  • Acting Assistant Professor, University of Washington, 8/87 -11/88

Professional Memberships

  • American Medical Association
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Academy of Psychiatrists in Alcoholism and Addictions, Founding Member

Honors, Awards, etc.

  • Mercy Medical Center Physician Recognition for Mentor/Educator, Nov. 2013 
  • Distinguished Fellowship: American Psychiatric Association, Inducted May 2002


American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, May 1989


Patient Stories

Partnering for Better Health

Mercy Health Partners opened in October 2013 as an innovative initiative to reduce the number of chronically ill  patients who rely on Mercy’s Emergency Department (ED) to meet their healthcare needs. Read more.