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


Brauer, L. H., F. M. Behm, J. D. Lane, E. C. Westman, C. Perkins, and J. E. Rose. “Individual differences in smoking reward from de-nicotinized cigarettes.” Nicotine Tob Res 3, no. 2 (May 2001): 101–9.

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Westman, E. C. “Review: Nicotine replacement treatments achieve smoking abstinence at 6-12 months: Commentary.” Evidence Based Mental Health 4, no. 1 (February 1, 2001): 21.

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Rose, J. E., F. M. Behm, and E. C. Westman. “Acute effects of nicotine and mecamylamine on tobacco withdrawal symptoms, cigarette reward and ad lib smoking.” Pharmacol Biochem Behav 68, no. 2 (February 2001): 187–97.

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Rose, J. E., F. M. Behm, E. C. Westman, and M. Johnson. “Dissociating nicotine and nonnicotine components of cigarette smoking.” Pharmacol Biochem Behav 67, no. 1 (September 2000): 71–81.

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Yancy, W. S., and E. C. Westman. “Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with exercise led to higher levels of continuous smoking cessation in women than did CBT without exercise: Commentary.” Evidence Based Mental Health 3, no. 1 (February 1, 2000): 18.

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Westman, E. C., K. F. Tomlin, and J. E. Rose. “Combining the nicotine inhaler and nicotine patch for smoking cessation.” American Journal of Health Behavior 24, no. 2 (January 1, 2000): 114–19.

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Rose, J. E., F. M. Behm, E. C. Westman, and R. E. Coleman. “Arterial nicotine kinetics during cigarette smoking and intravenous nicotine administration: implications for addiction.” Drug Alcohol Depend 56, no. 2 (September 1, 1999): 99–107.

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