Dr. King is ninth of ten children born to Dan and Ruby King and was born in Mobile Alabama. He and his family relocated to Stockton, California when Dwight was 9 years old. He completed high school and graduated from California State University, Fresno (CSUF). He graduated from CSUF as a premedical majoring in English. He was selected president of Caduceus, the premedical major’s organization at CSUF. During his high school years, he played basketball and football. Dwight also played one year of basketball as a first-year student at CSUF.
Near the end of his first year in college, Dwight was hit by a car and sustained temporary paralysis and was in a coma for nearly a week. He believes that the experience guided his interest in neurosciences as he later specialized as a neurologist and psychiatrist upon completing medical school.
Dwight took on a sales career in San Francisco, California upon graduation from college. He became the Branch Manager for Encyclopedia Britannica. His duty were direct sales and training; his branch became highly successful and was recognized as one of the top branches in America. He married during this time and later determined to return to the pursuit of becoming a physician. Dr. King attended the American University of the Caribbean, graduated in 3 years, and completed dual residencies in psychiatry and neurology at Harlem Hospital in New York City, Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and Howard University School of Medicine, in Washington, DC. He has been board certified by the American Academy of Neurology and Psychiatry since 2001. Dr. King recertified in psychiatry in August of 2019.
Dr. King took and passed the Pennsylvania licensure exam in Philadelphia was still a medical intern at Morehouse School of Medicine. This license allowed him to moonlight as a physician at Grady Memorial hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. King was responsible for the acute respiratory section (asthmatics) and the Fulton County and Federal detention inmates who required urgent care. He completed 3 years of psychiatric training through Morehouse school of Medicine and most of his inpatient psychiatric training was completed at Georgia Regional Psychiatric Hospital.
Dr. King completed his neurology residency at Howard University Hospital. There he also spent time spent on Howard’s inpatient unit. He spent an additional three plus years at Howard where he became chief resident of neurology and was selected Resident of the Year. At Howard, Dr. King worked for Dr. Peter Roemer, chief psychiatrist, Lorton Federal Penitentiary. Dr. King worked at the MaximumSecurity section at Lorton during the evenings as psychiatrist in charge.
Dr. King accepted his first full-time position upon completing his dual residency. He joined the Yankton Medical Clinic in Yankton, South Dakota. Dr. King performed inpatient and outpatient duties while there. He also served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosciences at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. He lectured and instructed medical student, physician assistant students and nursing students academic and clinical neurosciences. Dr. King served on the Board of Directors for the Yankton Medical Clinic. He served as Medical Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, South Dakota. His rehabilitation unit obtained and maintained CARF certification under his management. Later, Dr. King served as Medical Chief of Staff at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital where he liaison the dueling interest of hospital administration and the entire medical team privileged at the hospital.
Most recently, Dr. King worked as clinician and supervisor at Metropolitan Assessments and Renewal Center in Washington, DC. While there he became a Certified Medical Examiner via the Federal Motor Carriers and Safety Administration (FMCSA). He is also a Medical Review Officer certified by MROCC and recognized by FMCSA and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Dr. King also served as Medical Director for B&W Stat Lab, Washington, DC.
Dr. King also worked as a Methadone Maintenance counselor at New York City’s, Harlem Hospital and as a readjustment counselor for the Department of Veteran Affairs where he worked primarily with combat and combat era veterans who suffered the slings and arrows of war.
Dr. King is a publisher and lead author for a peer reviewed medical journal, he has contributed newspaper articles and has authored a book on longevity and diet called “The Cosmic Diet.” Dr. King is married to Deborah. They share a young adult daughter, Valencia, who resides and works in Atlanta.