Damon Scott Tweedy
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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 divides his time between the Durham VA Health Care System and Duke. Within the VA system, he directs a team of mental health providers working in integrated primary care clinics. At the medical school, he teaches a behavioral health course for second-year students during their outpatient clinic rotations. He is also a small group leader for the Clinical Skills Foundation course, which introduces students to basic and advanced aspects of the doctor-patient relationship.

Dr. Tweedy has published articles about race and medicine in JAMA and The Annals of Internal Medicine. He has also reviewed several books for the policy-oriented journal Health Affairs. His op-eds and other book reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and other print publications. His 2015 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.


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