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


Yancy, William S., Marjorie Foy, Allison M. Chalecki, Mary C. Vernon, and Eric C. Westman. “A low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet to treat type 2 diabetes.” Nutr Metab (Lond) 2 (December 1, 2005): 34.

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Kalvass, J Cory, Stephen D. Phinney, Mary C. Vernon, Ron Rosedale, and Eric C. Westman. “Comment: Decreased warfarin effect after initiation of high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets.” Ann Pharmacother 39, no. 7–8 (July 2005): 1371–72.

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Westman, Eric C., William S. Yancy, Mark D. Haub, and Jeff S. Volek. “Insulin resistance from a low carbohydrate, high fat diet perspective.” Metab Syndr Relat Disord 3, no. 1 (2005): 14–18.

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Fiore, M. C., E. C. Westman, and W. Theobald. “Update on smoking cessation.” Patient Care 38, no. 10 (October 1, 2004): 34–41.


McBride, Colleen M., Donald H. Baucom, Bercedis L. Peterson, Kathryn I. Pollak, Carleton Palmer, Eric Westman, and Pauline Lyna. “Prenatal and postpartum smoking abstinence a partner-assisted approach.” Am J Prev Med 27, no. 3 (October 2004): 232–38.

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Kolotkin, Ronette L., Eric C. Westman, Truls Østbye, Ross D. Crosby, Howard J. Eisenson, and Martin Binks. “Does binge eating disorder impact weight-related quality of life?” Obes Res 12, no. 6 (June 2004): 999–1005.

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McClernon, F Joseph, Eric C. Westman, and Jed E. Rose. “The effects of controlled deep breathing on smoking withdrawal symptoms in dependent smokers.” Addict Behav 29, no. 4 (June 2004): 765–72.

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