Eric Charles Westman, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Campus mail 4220 North Roxboro Street, Durham, NC 27704
Phone (919) 620-4061
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My research interest is disease prevention. Because smoking and obesity are the major causes of morbidity and mortality in modern society, my research involves clinical trials examining new therapies for smoking cessation and obesity.

I serve as Medical Director of the Duke Center for Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Research, in collaboration with Jed Rose in the Department of Psychiatry. I am course coordinator for a Fourth-Year Medical Student Elective on the Medical Management of Obesity, and I am a faculty member of the Duke Clinical Research Training Program.

I belong to the Society of General Internal Medicine, the Society for Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Research, NAASO: The Obesity Society, and the American Society of Bariatric Physicians. I am also on the Editorial Board of Nutrition & Metabolism.

Education and Training

  • Fellow in General Internal Medicine, Medicine, Duke University, 1990 - 1992
  • Chief Resident, Medicine, University of Kentucky at Lexington, 1989 - 1990
  • Medical Resident, Medicine, University of Kentucky at Lexington, 1986 - 1989
  • M.H.S., Duke University, 1994
  • M.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1986


Freedland, Stephen J., Lauren Howard, Jenifer Allen, Jordan Smith, Jennifer Stout, William Aronson, Brant A. Inman, et al. “A lifestyle intervention of weight loss via a low-carbohydrate diet plus walking to reduce metabolic disturbances caused by androgen deprivation therapy among prostate cancer patients: carbohydrate and prostate study 1 (CAPS1) randomized controlled trial.” Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis 22, no. 3 (September 2019): 428–37.

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Feinman, Richard D., Wendy K. Pogozelski, Arne Astrup, Richard K. Bernstein, Eugene J. Fine, Eric C. Westman, Anthony Accurso, et al. “Corrigendum to "Dietary carbohydrate restriction as the first approach in diabetes management: Critical review and evidence base" [Nutrition 31 (2015) 1-13].” Nutrition 62 (June 2019): 213.

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Palmer, Christopher M., Javier Gilbert-Jaramillo, and Eric C. Westman. “The ketogenic diet and remission of psychotic symptoms in schizophrenia: Two case studies.” Schizophr Res 208 (June 2019): 439–40.

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Westman, Eric C., Justin Tondt, Emily Maguire, and William S. Yancy. “Implementing a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet to manage type 2 diabetes mellitus.” Expert Rev Endocrinol Metab 13, no. 5 (September 2018): 263–72.

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Lennerz, Belinda S., Anna Barton, Richard K. Bernstein, R David Dikeman, Carrie Diulus, Sarah Hallberg, Erinn T. Rhodes, et al. “Management of Type 1 Diabetes With a Very Low-Carbohydrate Diet.” Pediatrics 141, no. 6 (June 2018).

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McClernon, Francis Joseph, Brett Froeliger, Jed E. Rose, Rachel V. Kozink, Merideth A. Addicott, Maggie M. Sweitzer, Eric C. Westman, and Dana M. Van Wert. “The effects of nicotine and non-nicotine smoking factors on working memory and associated brain function.” Addict Biol 21, no. 4 (July 2016): 954–61.

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Vernon, M. C., E. C. Westman, and J. A. Wortman. “Dietary treatment of the obese individual.” In Obesity: Evaluation and Treatment Essentials, 43–56, 2016.