Betsy Busch


Dr. Busch is a pediatrician and subspecialist in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. An Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM), her research and clinical work has focused on the treatment of children, adolescents and young adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning disorders and related neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders.

Currently in private practice, Dr. Busch also consults with a variety of corporations, private organizations and educational institutions. She has expertise in pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments of patients with ADHD and its comorbidities. She has consulted widely on effective classroom teaching techniques; appropriate accommodations for the classroom/workplace for individuals with ADHD and related disorders; and standards for the evaluation of competence and mastery in children and adults with learning and attentional disorders. Dr. Busch is the author of many articles on ADHD and child development, is an invited reviewer for ten scholarly journals, and is a nationally-known teacher regarding the treatment of Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and its comorbidities. She has served on national advisory boards for several pharmaceutical manufacturers, among them Ortho-McNeil-Janssen, Shire, Cephalon, Forest, and Lilly. Recently, she became a Certified Clinician for Major/Minor League Baseball (MLB), for players who may have ADHD.

After receiving her B.A. at Barnard College in New York, she completed her M.D. degree at TUSM in 1975. Over the subsequent 6 years, she completed her training in both General Pediatrics and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital-Boston. Dr. Busch then joined the Department of Pediatrics at Tufts Medical Center, where she created its first clinical program for children having school problems, the School Performance Consultation Program. She was active as an attending physician for hospitalized General Pediatrics patients, and as a teacher for pediatric residents, interns and medical students at Tufts Medical Center. In 1989, Dr. Busch was appointed the founding Clinical Director of the Center for Children with Special Needs at Tufts Medical Center, a large, multidisciplinary program for the evaluation of children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Among her volunteer activities for Tufts, Dr. Busch has been active on the Executive Council of the Tufts Medical Alumni Association (TMAA) since 1999, and is a recent past President of the TMAA (2006-2008). In 2006, she was elected to the Alumni Council of the Tufts University Alumni Association; she has served since then on the Shared Interest Groups, Strategic Planning and Executive Committees. In 2007, she was appointed to the Search Committee for a new Dean for Multicultural Affairs. She served for 10 years on the Tufts Medical Center Institutional Review Board (IRB), which reviews and monitors all biomedical and behavioral human research proposals for ethical protection of human study subjects, compliance with federal regulations and scientific merit. She remains involved in teaching Tufts Medical students.

Dr. Busch has been a Gubernatorial appointee to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund since 1995, and she currently serves as Chair of the Program Development & Evaluation Committee and is a member of the Executive and Strategic Planning Committees. In addition, she is a Board member and Vice-President of the American Professional Society for ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD), an international professional organization dedicated to improving the quality of care for adolescent and adult patients with ADHD through the dissemination of new research findings, best practices and evidence-based treatments. She volunteers for the Biomedical Science Careers Program at Harvard University, as a student advisor.

Dr. Busch is married to John J. Szlyk, M. D., a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who currently works for the Unum Group. He, too, is a proud Tufts Medical alumnus (M73). Drs. Busch and Szlyk have one son, Benjamin.

As of: November 5, 2011