Dr. Duane M. Wooten was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, the fourth of six children to HG and Georgia Wooten. From his early childhood, he has had a passion to take care of children, declaring at age 8 that he was going to be a pediatrician. He excelled in elementary, junior high and high school academically, graduating with honors from Maryvale High School in west Phoenix. He was also an athlete, excelling in basketball and football.At the time of his graduation from high school, Dr. Wooten had been offered over 130 academic scholarships and 8 athletic scholarships. He chose Northwestern University and majored in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering.
Dr. Wooten completed his undergraduate training in three years and applied to medical school at the young age of 19 years old! He was fortunate to be accepted to all medical schools he applied to and decided to attend the University of Arizona College of Medicine, becoming the first African American in 8 years at that institution, as well as the only 3rd African-American ever.Dr. Wooten graduated as one of the youngest physicians in Arizona ever, and began his residency at the Phoenix Hospitals Affiliated Pediatric Program. After completion, he went to do a fellowship for a short time in pediatric critical care at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix before going out in private practice. Over the years, Dr. Wooten has won almost every kind of award imaginable, including the Thomas Dooley Medal-physician of the year in Maricopa County in 1998, scores of community service awards, as well as the highly touted Calvin C Goode-Martin Luther King, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award given by the City of Phoenix in 2016. Dr. Wooten serves on a multitude of medical committees and physician advisory boards, as well as having a history of serving for years on such boards as the American Heart Association, Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He is married to the honorable Tamika Wooten, ESQ and has two daughters.