Community Discussions in Social Justice 2016: Black Man in a White Coat: Hear the Author

About the Author

Photograph of Damon Tweedy, MD, JD

Damon Tweedy, MD, JD serves as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and as a staff physician at the Durham VA Medical Center. Following his completion of a medical degree at Duke University School of Medicine, as well as an internship and psychiatry residency at Duke Hospital, Dr. Tweedy earned a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. He has published articles about the relationship between medicine and race in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Annals of Internal Medicine. His columns and op-ed writings have also appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Raleigh News & Observer.

In Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine, Dr. Tweedy examines the intersection of race and medicine. First, this memoir details his personal experiences as an African American male from a working-class family while attending Duke University Medical School. Second, he explores the cultural and socioeconomic causes of health disparities, especially in diseases that disproportionately affect African American patients. He also examines the three layers that contribute to these health challenges, namely, institutional systems, physician-patient relationships, and individual choices. Through it all, the author hopes to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe that they can likewise achieve their goals.

Hear the Author

Dr. Damon Tweedy will present the Frank Bryant Jr., M.D., Memorial Lecture in Medical Ethics in the Holly Auditorium on the Long Campus of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio at 12 Noon on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. A reception and book signing will follow at 1:00 pm. Copies of Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine will be available for purchase at the event through the UT Health Science Center San Antonio Bookstore.

View the NOWCast SA Recording of Dr. Damon Tweedy’s presentation at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio on April 19, 2016.

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