Karmanos Cancer Institute to host author at Health Equity Book Club discussion December 16

Damon Tweedy will present on his book "Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine"

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute invites health care professionals, including trainees and students, as well as community members to participate in the fourth installment of its Health Equity Book Club from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, December 16. At this quarter's conversation, Karmanos will welcome Damon Tweedy, M.D. Dr. Tweedy is the author of the book to be discussed, "Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine.”

Participants can register at www.karmanos.org/bookclub.

Created by Michael Simon, M.D., MPH, co-leader of the Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Team, the purpose of the Health Equity Book Club is to enhance awareness of systematic racism, inequality and misinformation within the medical community. This is achieved through research and reading, followed by honest and transparent conversations about difficult topics.

At the December 16 event, Dr. Tweedy will speak about his book for the first portion of the meeting. Following his presentation, Isaac J. Powell, M.D. member of the genitourinary multidisciplinary team and professor in the department of urology, Wayne State University and Karmanos Cancer Institute and Taylor Barrow, second-Year Medical Student, Wayne State University School of Medicine will provide local perspectives. The event will conclude with a Q&A session.

About Dr. Tweedy

Dr. Damon Tweedy is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Black Man in a White Coat,” selected by TIME magazine as one of the Top 10 Non-Fiction books of 2015. He has published articles about race and medicine in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and other medical journals. His columns and op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post and various other print publications.

Dr. Damon Tweedy travels frequently to speak to physicians and clinicians, health care companies, medical schools and teaching hospitals and other organizations involved in health and wellness, about the impact of race on the medical profession at all levels. He is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine and Yale Law School. He completed both his medical internship and psychiatry residency at Duke Hospital. He is currently an associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine and a staff psychiatrist at the Durham Veteran Affairs Health Care System.

About the Karmanos Cancer Institute Health Equity Book Club

The Karmanos Cancer Institute Health Equity Book Club's mission is to build awareness across the Karmanos Community and amongst health care professionals of issues related to and stemming from systematic racism in the health care system and society in the United States. By revealing the contributing factors and results of racism, we seek to highlight an important goal for us as a cancer institute: to expose and better understand the impact of racism on our practice of medicine. We believe that open dialogue within our community of colleagues, patients and families will help to facilitate Karmanos Cancer Institute's goal of equal access and provision of culturally competent, quality care to all patients and their families regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.