Douglas White, MD, PhD earned his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Iowa, followed by residency training in Internal Medicine at Parkland Hospital (UT-Southwestern) and fellowship training in rheumatology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (Washington University in St. Louis) all in the United States. His PhD focused on effector functions of CD8 T cells and post-doctoral training on herpesvirus interactions with the host immune system.

In 2009 he became the Chair of Rheumatology at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin where he also served as head of the Rheumatology Research lab from 2009-2021.  He is Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and is the immediate Past President of the American College of Rheumatology.  He serves on the board of directors of the Local Lupus Alliance in La Crosse, WI.