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The son of a grocery store worker, Tweedy grew up in an all-black neighborhood where his older brother was the only person he knew who went to college without a sports scholarship. Now a psychiatrist at Duke, Tweedy says he has been frustrated about the quality of medical care he can provide for patients who are uninsured, many of whom are African-American. He has also written, in a New York Times best-selling book, “Black Man in a White Coat,” about theracially charged experiences he had as a student and young doctor.

He spoke with STAT about his experiences and views on today’s medical climate at the Spotlight Health conference, part of the Aspen Ideas Festival. This conversation has been condensed and edited for clarity.

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