23rd Annual Rosemary Flanigan Lecture


Dr. Damon Tweedy, MD, JD
“Race and Medical Education: Narrative Reflections of a Black Doctor”
August 9, 2017
Race was never far from front and center for Damon Tweedy as a medical student at Duke University in the 1990s. He felt underprepared among privileged graduates of Ivy League schools. He worried about being seen as a product of affirmative action. It didn’t help when, upon arriving for class, a professor mistook him for a custodian come to change light bulbs. During clinical training, his feelings about black patients vacillated. At times, he felt superior; other times he identified with them. 
Dr. Tweedy explores it all in his 2015 New York Times bestseller, Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine. At the Flanigan Lecture, he will share what he learned about the challenges confronting black doctors, the disproportionate health burdens faced by black patients and, ultimately, a way forward to better treatment and more compassionate care.
Dr. Tweedy is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and staff physician at the Durham Veteran Affairs Medical Center. 
He is a graduate of Duke Medical School and Yale Law School. He has published articles about race and medicine in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and Annals of Internal Medicine. His columns and op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Raleigh News & Observer, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.