Skip to main content

Debra Lynn Best, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine
Campus mail: DUMC Box 3675, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 620-5374
Email address:

Dr. Best's scholarly interests include the following:

Pediatric Resident Education - developing, implementing and evaluating strategies to teach community engagement and advocacy skills.

Early Childhood Development - developing, implementing and evaluating clinic and community-partnered interventions focused on early childhood development, toxic stress, and adverse child experiences.

Home Visiting

Education and Training

  • Pediatric Internship & Residency, Pediatrics, Duke University, 2001 - 2004
  • M.D., Northwestern University, 2001


Hoffman, Benjamin D., Jerri Rose, Debra Best, Julie Linton, Steven Chapman, Michele Lossius, Andrew Aligne, Cappy Collins, and Lisa Ayoub-Rodriguez. “The Community Pediatrics Training Initiative Project Planning Tool: A Practical Approach to Community-Based Advocacy.” Mededportal 13 (September 18, 2017): 10630.

Full Text

Armstrong, S. C., J. Wacker, D. Best, and M. E. McPherson. “Fighting childhood obesity (Part 2): Resources to help the community physician curb this epidemic.” Contemporary Pediatrics 28, no. 2 (May 5, 2011).