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Debra Lynn Best

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatrics, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
DUMC Box 3675, Durham, NC 27710
Dept of Pediatrics, Durham, NC 27710


Dr. Best's scholarly interests include the following:

1. ADVOCACY EDUCATION AND FACULTY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: From 2007-2020, I directed the Duke pediatric residency program’s “Community Pediatrics and Advocacy” rotation and developed strong partnerships locally, regionally through the Carolinas Collaborative, and nationally through the American Academy of Pediatrics Community Pediatrics Training Initiative. My work has focused on curricular development, implementation and evaluation and professional development for faculty centered on community pediatrics and advocacy.

2. Describing innovative CLINIC-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS to expand the scope of the medical home to include the community dimension.  My work has focused on understanding barriers to care and the implementation and dissemination of models of care that support early childhood health and wellness.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor of Pediatrics · 2021 - Present Pediatrics, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, Pediatrics
Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health · 2020 - Present Family Medicine and Community Health, Community Health, Family Medicine and Community Health

Education, Training & Certifications

Northwestern University · 2001 M.D.