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


Austin, G. L., D. A. Drossman, C. B. Dalton, Y. Hu, C. B. Morris, J. Hankins, S. R. Weinland, E. C. Westman, and W. S. Yancy. “Reply.” Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology 8, no. 1 (January 1, 2010): 98–99.

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Boling, Christy L., Eric C. Westman, and William S. Yancy. “Carbohydrate-restricted diets for obesity and related diseases: an update.” Curr Atheroscler Rep 11, no. 6 (November 2009): 462–69.

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Rose, Jed E., Joseph E. Herskovic, Frederique M. Behm, and Eric C. Westman. “Precessation treatment with nicotine patch significantly increases abstinence rates relative to conventional treatment.” Nicotine Tob Res 11, no. 9 (September 2009): 1067–75.

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Austin, Gregory L., Christine B. Dalton, Yuming Hu, Carolyn B. Morris, Jane Hankins, Stephan R. Weinland, Eric C. Westman, William S. Yancy, and Douglas A. Drossman. “A very low-carbohydrate diet improves symptoms and quality of life in diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome.” Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 7, no. 6 (June 2009): 706-708.e1.

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Mavropoulos, John C., W Cooper Buschemeyer, Alok K. Tewari, Dmitriy Rokhfeld, Michael Pollak, Yunhua Zhao, Phillip G. Febbo, et al. “The effects of varying dietary carbohydrate and fat content on survival in a murine LNCaP prostate cancer xenograft model.” Cancer Prev Res (Phila) 2, no. 6 (June 2009): 557–65.

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Yancy, William S., Daniel Almirall, Matthew L. Maciejewski, Ronette L. Kolotkin, Jennifer R. McDuffie, and Eric C. Westman. “Effects of two weight-loss diets on health-related quality of life.” Qual Life Res 18, no. 3 (April 2009): 281–89.

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Kraft, Bryan D., and Eric C. Westman. “Schizophrenia, gluten, and low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diets: a case report and review of the literature.” Nutr Metab (Lond) 6 (February 26, 2009): 10.

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Westman, E. C. “Rethinking Dietary Saturated Fat.” Food Technology 63, no. 2 (February 1, 2009): 26–34.