Damon Tweedy

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, General Psychiatry
School of Medicine

Civitan Building, Box 102643, Durham, NC 27710


Damon Tweedy, MD is an associate professor of psychiatry. He graduated from Duke medical school in 2000 and subsequently graduated from Yale Law School in 2003 before returning to Duke to complete his medical and psychiatric training in 2007. He then joined the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. 

Dr. Tweedy is primarily based out of the Durham VA Medical Center, where his responsibilities include supervising Duke psychiatry residents and medical students in both the emergency department and in various outpatient clinics. Within the medical school, he is also a small-group leader for first- and second-year medical students in the Practice Course, which introduces students to basic and advanced aspects of the doctor-patient relationship.

Dr. Tweedy has published articles about race and medicine in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and The Annals of Internal Medicine. His columns and op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and other print publications. His recently published book: “Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine” explores the intersection of race and medicine through the lens of his experience as a medical student, medical intern, and psychiatry resident. The book was a New York Times Bestseller and was selected by TIME magazine as one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2015.


Education & Training

M.D. 2000

Duke University


Black Man in a White Coat A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine

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A piece of my mind. A perfect match.

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A case of racism and reconciliation.

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Biobehavioral approaches to the treatment of essential hypertension.

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Effects of exercise and weight loss on mental stress-induced cardiovascular responses in individuals with high blood pressure.

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Exercise and weight loss reduce blood pressure in men and women with mild hypertension: effects on cardiovascular, metabolic, and hemodynamic functioning.

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Mental stress and coronary disease. The Smart-Heart Study.

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