Eric Charles Westman, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Campus mail 4220 North Roxboro Street, Durham, NC 27704
Phone (919) 620-4061
Email address westm001@duke.edu

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

Publications

Lecheminant, James D., Cheryl A. Gibson, Debra K. Sullivan, Sandra Hall, Rik Washburn, Mary C. Vernon, Chelsea Curry, Elizabeth Stewart, Eric C. Westman, and Joseph E. Donnelly. “Comparison of a low carbohydrate and low fat diet for weight maintenance in overweight or obese adults enrolled in a clinical weight management program..” Nutr J 6 (November 1, 2007). https://doi.org/10.1186/1475-2891-6-36.

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17976244
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Westman, Eric C., Richard D. Feinman, John C. Mavropoulos, Mary C. Vernon, Jeff S. Volek, James A. Wortman, William S. Yancy, and Stephen D. Phinney. “Low-carbohydrate nutrition and metabolism..” Am J Clin Nutr 86, no. 2 (August 2007): 276–84. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/86.2.276.

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17684196
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McClernon, F Joseph, Eric C. Westman, Jed E. Rose, and Avery M. Lutz. “The effects of foods, beverages, and other factors on cigarette palatability..” Nicotine Tob Res 9, no. 4 (April 2007): 505–10. https://doi.org/10.1080/14622200701243177.

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17454706
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Tendler, David, Sauyu Lin, William S. Yancy, John Mavropoulos, Pam Sylvestre, Don C. Rockey, and Eric C. Westman. “The effect of a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: a pilot study..” Dig Dis Sci 52, no. 2 (February 2007): 589–93. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10620-006-9433-5.

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17219068
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McClernon, F Joseph, William S. Yancy, Jacqueline A. Eberstein, Robert C. Atkins, and Eric C. Westman. “The effects of a low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet and a low-fat diet on mood, hunger, and other self-reported symptoms..” Obesity (Silver Spring) 15, no. 1 (January 2007): 182–87. https://doi.org/10.1038/oby.2007.516.

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17228046
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Westman, Eric C., Jeff S. Volek, and Richard D. Feinman. “Carbohydrate restriction is effective in improving atherogenic dyslipidemia even in the absence of weight loss..” Am J Clin Nutr 84, no. 6 (December 2006). https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/84.6.1549.

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17158442
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McClernon, F Joseph, F Berry Hiott, Eric C. Westman, Jed E. Rose, and Edward D. Levin. “Transdermal nicotine attenuates depression symptoms in nonsmokers: a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial..” Psychopharmacology (Berl) 189, no. 1 (November 2006): 125–33. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00213-006-0516-y.

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16977477
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Feinman, Richard D., Mary C. Vernon, and Eric C. Westman. “Low carbohydrate diets in family practice: what can we learn from an internet-based support group..” Nutr J 5 (October 2, 2006). https://doi.org/10.1186/1475-2891-5-26.

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17014706
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Austin, Gregory L., Michelle T. Thiny, Eric C. Westman, William S. Yancy, and Nicholas J. Shaheen. “A very low-carbohydrate diet improves gastroesophageal reflux and its symptoms..” Dig Dis Sci 51, no. 8 (August 2006): 1307–12. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10620-005-9027-7.

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16871438
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