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Brodhead, Tweedy to Share Thoughts on Race and Medicine, Thursday

Richard Brodhead and Dr. Damon Tweedy will speak Thursday.
Richard Brodhead and Dr. Damon Tweedy will speak Thursday.

Duke President Richard H. Brodhead and Duke psychiatry professor Dr. Damon Tweedy, author of “Black Man in a White Coat,” will hold a free, public discussion on race and medicine at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Holsti-Anderson Room in the Rubenstein Library.

Immensely readable and filled with touching and insightful anecdotes, Tweedy’s bestseller is a memoir of his experiences as a medical student and a practitioner. It has been praised for its exploration of hot button issues such as class and racial inequalities, access to health care in the United States and the burdens black patients face in the health care system. He proposes several solutions to address these issues.

In addition to a national book tour, Tweedy, who received his M.D. from Duke in 2000, has been subject of numerous news stories and book reviews. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, where he graduated in 1996 with a 4.0 GPA, the first of the school’s noted Meyerhoff Scholars to graduate with such a record.