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Spotlight Health 2016, Episode 5

May 31, 2016

  In the fifth episode of our spring series on critical health issues, host Elise Thatcher talks with a doctor about his experiences being a black medical student and physician. We also delve into the world of using art when treating military service members.

Our first guest is psychiatrist Damon Tweedy, author of the recent book,  “Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine.” In it,Tweedy writes about seeing racism first hand in health care, whether it’s at med school or in the doctor’s office. He also examines his own assumptions about black and white patients. Tweedy is a professor at Duke University Medical Center.

Our second guest is on the cutting edge of using art to help military service members grappling with traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder. Art therapist Melissa Walker founded and now oversees healing arts at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) in Bethesda, Maryland.