James Davis, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Email address james.m.davis@duke.edu

Dr. James Davis is a practicing physician of Internal Medicine, and serves as the Medical Director for Duke Center for Smoking Cessation, Director of the Duke Smoking Cessation Program and Co-Director of the Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Credentialing Program.  His research focuses on development of new pharmaceutical treatments for smoking cessation.  He is principal investigator on several trials including a study on “adaptive” smoking cessation and several trials on new medications for smoking cessation. The new medications leverage more novel neurobiological mechanisms - NMDA receptor antagonism, nicotinic receptor antagonism, which impact addiction-based learning and cue response. Additionally, Dr. Davis serves as co-investigator on trials on lung cancer screening, e-cigarettes, minor nicotine alkaloids, imaging trials, lung function trials and others. Dr. Davis leads the Duke Smoke-Free Policy Initiative, is co-author on a national  tobacco dependence treatment guideline, and provides training in tobacco dependence treatment for the Duke School of Medicine, Duke Internal Medicine, Family Practice and Psychiatry residency programs. 

Education and Training

  • Internal Medicine Residency, Mayo Clinic, 1997 - 2000
  • M.D., Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 1997

Publications

Kragel, E. A., M. M. Sweitzer, and J. M. Davis. “Correction to: The Effect of Brief Mindfulness Training on Brain Reactivity to Food Cues During Nicotine Withdrawal: A Pilot Functional Imaging Study (Mindfulness, (2019), 10, 11, (2272-2276), 10.1007/s12671-019-01201-y).” Mindfulness 10, no. 11 (November 1, 2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-019-01245-0.

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Rose, Jed E., and James M. Davis. “Combination Lorcaserin and Nicotine Patch for Smoking Cessation Without Weight Gain..” Nicotine Tob Res, October 7, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntz149.

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31589323
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Young, K. M., and J. M. Davis. “Combination of varenicline and nicotine patch for smoking cessation: A case report.” Clinical Case Reports 7, no. 9 (September 1, 2019): 1670–72. https://doi.org/10.1002/ccr3.2332.

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Kragel, E. A., M. M. Sweitzer, and J. M. Davis. “The Effect of Brief Mindfulness Training on Brain Reactivity to Food Cues During Nicotine Withdrawal: A Pilot Functional Imaging Study.” Mindfulness, January 1, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-019-01201-y.

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Davis, J. M., S. B. Goldberg, K. S. Angel, R. H. Silver, E. A. Kragel, and D. J. Lagrew. “Observational Study on a Mindfulness Training for Smokers within a Smoking Cessation Program.” Mindfulness 8, no. 6 (December 1, 2017): 1689–98. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-017-0744-8.

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Miranda, Leah S., Santanu Datta, Anne C. Melzer, Renda Soylemez Wiener, James M. Davis, Betty C. Tong, Sara E. Golden, and Christopher G. Slatore. “Rationale and Design of the Lung Cancer Screening Implementation. Evaluation of Patient-Centered Care Study..” Ann Am Thorac Soc 14, no. 10 (October 2017): 1581–90. https://doi.org/10.1513/AnnalsATS.201705-378SD.

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28640670
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Shields, Peter G., Roy S. Herbst, Douglas Arenberg, Neal L. Benowitz, Laura Bierut, Julie Bylund Luckart, Paul Cinciripini, et al. “Smoking Cessation, Version 1.2016, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology..” J Natl Compr Canc Netw 14, no. 11 (November 2016): 1430–68. https://doi.org/10.6004/jnccn.2016.0152.

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27799513
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Davis, James M., Alison R. Manley, Simon B. Goldberg, Kristin A. Stankevitz, and Stevens S. Smith. “Mindfulness training for smokers via web-based video instruction with phone support: a prospective observational study..” Bmc Complement Altern Med 15 (March 29, 2015). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12906-015-0618-3.

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25886752
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Davis, James M., Alison R. Manley, Simon B. Goldberg, Stevens S. Smith, and Douglas E. Jorenby. “Randomized trial comparing mindfulness training for smokers to a matched control..” J Subst Abuse Treat 47, no. 3 (September 2014): 213–21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsat.2014.04.005.

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24957302
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Goldberg, Simon B., Alison R. Manley, Stevens S. Smith, Jeffrey M. Greeson, Evan Russell, Stan Van Uum, Gideon Koren, and James M. Davis. “Hair cortisol as a biomarker of stress in mindfulness training for smokers..” J Altern Complement Med 20, no. 8 (August 2014): 630–34. https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2014.0080.

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24963659
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