Betsy Busch, M75

Betsy Busch

Betsy Busch, M.D., F.A.A.P., 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.

Betsy has a private, consultative practice, and also consults with a variety of corporations, non-profit organizations and educational institutions. She has expertise in the treatment of patients with ADHD. She has consulted widely on effective classroom teaching techniques; appropriate accommodations for the classroom/workplace for individuals with ADHD; and standards for the evaluation of competence and mastery in children and adults with learning and attentional disorders. Betsy is the author of a variety of articles on ADHD and child development, is an invited reviewer for a dozen 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 clinical advisory boards for several pharmaceutical manufacturers, among them Ortho-McNeil-Janssen, Shire, Cephalon, Forest, Eli Lilly and Alcobra. She also serves as a Certified Clinician for Major/Minor League Baseball (MLB), for players who may have ADHD.

Betsy received her B.A. at Barnard College, her M.D. degree at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM), and then completed her training in both General Pediatrics and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital-Boston, and pursued further graduate studies in Statistics and Developmental Neuropsychology. She then joined the Department of Pediatrics at the Floating Hospital, and was the founding Clinical Director of the Center for Children with Special Needs at Tufts Medical Center. At TUSM, she received a prestigious Clinical Investigator Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. She also served for 10 years on the Tufts Medical Center Institutional Review Board (IRB). She remains active in teaching at TUSM.

Among her volunteer activities for Tufts, Betsy is a past President of the Tufts Medical Alumni Association (TMAA), and she also serves on the Alumni Council of the Tufts University Alumni Association (TUAA). She was elected to the Board of Trustees of Tufts University in 2011. Betsy also is a Gubernatorial appointee to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Children’s Trust (MCT), a private-public partnership dedicated to strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect. She has served on the MCT Board’s Executive and Strategic Planning Committees, and was Chair of its Program Development & Evaluation Committee. In addition, she serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the American Professional Society for ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD), an international professional organization dedicated to disseminating new scientific knowledge in ADHD and related disorders, and improving the quality of care for patients with these often-lifelong conditions. She also serves as a student advisor for the Biomedical Science Careers Program at Harvard University.

Betsy is married to John J. (“Jack”) Szlyk, M. D., M73, a child psychiatrist who currently works for the Unum Group.


August 25, 2014