Damon Tweedy
Professor at Duke University Medical Center, Author


Dr. Damon Tweedy is author of the New York Times bestseller Black Man in a White Coat, selected by TIME magazine as one of the Top 10 Non-Fiction books of 2015. For the last several years, Tweedy has written and lectured on the intersection of race and medicine, publishing articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Chicago Tribune, in addition to the medical journals JAMA and Annals of Internal Medicine.
 
Dr. Tweedy is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. He completed both his medical internship and psychiatry residency at Duke Hospital. He is currently an assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and a staff psychiatrist at the Durham VA Medical Center.

 

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Black Man in a White Coat A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine
Picador

Dr. Damon Tweedy explores the intersection of race and medicine in his memoir. Physician-writer Danielle Ofri calls it an “Eye-opening and compelling examination of medicine's continued discomfort with race.” Dr. Barron Lerner offers this praise: "Damon Tweedy eloquently weaves the experiences of an African-American physician with those of African-American patients, carefully documenting how issues of race—too often unspoken—permeate American medicine in this timely and necessary book."

Is There a Black Doctor in the House? Dr. Tweedy takes an engaging look at the small percentage of black physicians in the U.S. and examines the implications for both doctors and patients.

Doing the Right Thing Dr. Tweedy weaves together research findings, clinical experience, and personal narrative into a provocative survey of the leading causes of death and disability among black people.





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“We were thrilled to welcome Dr. Tweedy to the University of Chicago campus as a Bowman Society Lecturer. His talk moved seamlessly back and forth between his personal experiences as an African-American physician and the overall experiences of African-American patients in a health care system that has not overcome longstanding disparities of access, care, and outcomes... The issues that Dr. Tweedy raised challenged and inspired us to consider what medical schools can do to ensure better care for all Americans, including but certainly not limited to expanding the diversity of the physician workforce.”
- Monica Vela, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

"Dr. Tweedy left many of the Atlanta Metropolitan State College (AMSC) students, faculty and staff motivated to walk into their journeys with eyes open. His words were uplifting, inspiring and insightful. The delivery and style of his life experiences were brilliant and well received. Substantive information with relevance!"
- Cassandra Smith, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

"It was a delight and an honor to have Dr. Damon Tweedy come speak to us at Seattle Children’s Hospital. A warm, intelligent presence, Dr. Tweedy took the time to ask us how he could best serve our staff and residents and knocked our Black History Month event out of the park! It’s obvious he really wants to engage with his audience and tailored his presentation, sharing great anecdotes and answering questions. During a short roundtable discussion about inequities in healthcare, he was interested in our work and we all walked away from the afternoon reflecting on the role we all have in reducing them. I highly recommend reading his book and seizing the chance to talk with him about it!"
- Kashena Konecki, Seattle Children's Hospital

"In his notably gracious and humble style, Damon Tweedy thoughtfully invites his audiences to consider the broader implications of his personal experiences with race and medicine. It was truly a pleasure to have Dr. Tweedy as the keynote speaker for our MLK celebration. Our medical students were especially thrilled to meet him!"
-Greenville Health System

"An audience of nearly 200 faculty, students, and members of the community were captivated by Dr. Damon Tweedy’s reflections on his life and career in the medical profession. They were especially intrigued by his discussions as to how race, class, and gender issues significantly impacted medical care and practice. Dr. Tweedy’s lived experiences brought the subject matter to life and made it real for the audience, especially the students who were considering careers in the health professions."
-North Carolina Central University

"Dr. Tweedy was a hit. We had a long line for his book signing. I know he was supposed to sign books for one hour but he stayed until all the books were signed. The students were doubled excited to learn he had been a member of SNMA when he was a med student at Duke."
- Jacquelyn Lendsey, Student National Medical Association

"He was well received on campus, especially with staff and faculty form the College of Medicine. He was very humble and easy to work with."
- University of Vermont

"It was a pleasure to hear Dr. Tweedy speak at the National AHEC Organization’s 2016 national conference. As Dr. Tweedy shared his personal experiences of being one of very few African-Americans in his medical school class at Duke University in the 1990s, he touched on many broad social issues facing health care currently and problems that AHECs everywhere are working on: the stagnant growth in the diversity of health professionals; the disparity in health care outcomes and access to care for minority populations; an educational system that fails to create opportunities for all students regardless of race or socioeconomic status. I found Dr. Tweedy’s talk to be rather moving and a call to action, despite being stated with a gentle manner, and I know that the nearly 500 conference attendees found his keynote address to be one of the highlights of the weeklong conference."
—Paul Rossmann, Associate Manager of National AHEC Organization

"Fantastic! Dr. Tweedy was engaging, took into consideration his target market, and was well organized. Loved his closing remarks and his advice to our medical students. He was approachable and easy to work with. Our students, faculty and staff enjoyed the his lecture, question and answer, and book signing."
—Rosie Jimenez-Negrete, UC San Diego School of Medicine