Abstract of Dr. Rebecca Buckley Interview

Dr. Buckley discusses: receiving her bachelor's at Duke; difference between men's college and women's college at Duke; her growing interest in becoming a doctor; others' resistance to her going into medicine because she was female; experiences at University of North Carolina Medical School; engagement and marriage; pregnancy and motherhood; pediatrics; allergy and immunology; encouragement from Dr. Susan Dees; attractiveness of specialty; remaining at Duke although passing the medical boards in Florida; Department of Immunology; Dr. Bernard Amos; Dr. Susan Dees's contributions to Duke; severe combined immunodeficiency [SCID]; bone marrow transplants for children with SCID through removal of donor T-cells; success rates of transplants for these patients; development of this discovery and her own research on it; her advocacy for newborn screening of the disease; difficulty of determining how common SCID is due to lack of newborn screening; expense of early screening of SCID versus nonscreening; avenues for her advocacy for newborn screening; her desire for screening of other defects like SCID; her research on SCID chimeras [people with living parts from a another person inside them]; transplantation done by fellows; few women faculty at the time she began in Immunology; being "token woman" on medical center committees; realization in the 1970s that more and more women were applying to medical schools; joining the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics; becoming division chief of Allergy and Immunology in the Department of Pediatrics; less lucrative nature of pediatrics; not meeting with resistance as division chief; not being a "women's libber"; other women on the faculty at Duke; her advice to young medical students; work-family balance; commonalities between her husband's work and her work; election to Institute of Medicine; William G. Anlyan Lifetime Achievement Award; Dr. James D. Sidbury; Dr. Samuel Katz; Dr. Catherine Wilfert; changes in her field; changes at Duke; Buckley's Syndrome; Duke Immune Deficiency Foundation Center of Excellence; tests for discovering immunodeficient patients; patients; working with patients long term.