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Betty Boyd Staples

Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatrics, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
DUMC Box 3951, Durham, NC 27710
1086 Yellow Zone, Duke South, Durham, NC 27710


Betty Staples, MD graduated from medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  She completed residency training in Pediatrics at Duke University Hospital, in Durham, NC.  Subsequently, she completed one additional year as a General Pediatrics Fellow focusing on the care of adolescents and the treatment of eating disorders. She continues to work clinically with the Duke Center for Eating Disorders.  She also teaches residents in the outpatient clinic and on the inpatient service as a general pediatrician.
Dr. Staples has focused much of her career and scholarship on graduate medical education.  She was Associate Director for the Duke pediatric residency program for 5 years before serving as Program Director for 12 additional years.  During that time, she completed the Academic Pediatric Association's Educational Scholars Program which is a three-year mentorship-based program focused on clinician scholars.  Shortly thereafter she helped to establish the Pediatric Resident Burnout-Resilience Study Consortium (PRB-RSC) a network of up to 65 pediatric residency programs and over 3500 pediatric residents which has studied the epidemiology and risk factors contributing to burnout and protecting resilience since 2016.  This work intersects closely with the Civility Champions project as burnout and resilience are major factors that affect the learning environment and the wellbeing of faculty and trainees.  Under the supervision of the steering committee, the PRB-RSC has had 12 publications with several more projects currently underway.
In November 2021, Dr. Staples became Associate Director of Graduate Medical Education for Duke Health System.  She continues to work on issues to improve the learning environment for trainees at Duke and nationally.  


Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Pediatrics · 2021 - Present Pediatrics, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, Pediatrics

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Maryland, College Park · 1998 M.D.