Eric C. Westman received a MD from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 1986 and a master's degree in clinical research. He is the director of the Lifestyle Medicine Clinic at Duke University. He specializes in disease prevention, as well as the treatment of obesity, diabetes, and tobacco dependence. He is the author of A Low Carbohydrate, Ketogenic Diet Manual. He is co-author of The New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great, Cholesterol Clarity, and Keto Clarity. He is also the co-editor of the medical textbook Obesity: Evaluation and Treatment Essentials.