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


Westman, E. C., and D. L. Simel. “Smokeless tobacco use in an outpatient veteran population..” Southern Medical Journal 86, no. 8 (August 1993): 912–13.


Holleman, D. R., E. C. Westman, D. C. McCrory, and D. L. Simel. “The effect of sleeved arms on oscillometric blood pressure measurement..” Journal of General Internal Medicine 8, no. 6 (June 1993): 325–26.

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Lane, J. D., E. C. Westman, G. V. Ripka, J. Wu, C. C. Chiang, and J. E. Rose. “Pharmacokinetics of a transdermal nicotine patch compared to nicotine gum.” Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy 19, no. 16 (January 1, 1993): 1999–2010.

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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 and Prostatic Diseases, January 21, 2019.

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