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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Dr. Westman is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University. He is Board Certified in Obesity Medicine and Internal Medicine, and founded the Duke Keto Medicine Clinic with Dr. William S. Yancy Jr. in 2006 after 8 years of clinical research regarding low carbohydrate ketogenic diets. 

He is Past-President and Master Fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association and Fellow of The Obesity Society. He is an editor of the textbook: Obesity: Evaluation & Treatment Essentials, and author of the New York Times Bestseller The New Atkins for a New You, Cholesterol Clarity, and Keto Clarity. He is co-founder of Adapt Your Life, an education and product company based on low carbohydrate concepts.

He is course coordinator for MED415c, a Fourth-Year Medical Student Elective on the Medical Management of Obesity, and a faculty member of the Duke Clinical Research Training Program. 

Education and Training

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