Rebecca H. Buckley

Duke University

Primary Section: 43, Immunology and Inflammation
Secondary Section: 41, Medical Genetics, Hematology, and Oncology
Membership Type:
Member (elected 2011)


Rebecca Hatcher Buckley, M.D. graduated with an A.B. degree from Duke University in 1954, an MD degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 1958 and received housestaff training in Pediatrics at Duke. Dr. Buckley was a fellow in Allergy under Dr. Susan C. Dees and a fellow in Immunology under Dr. Richard S. Metzgar, all at Duke. She then became a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics, served as Chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology from 1974 to 2003 and has been the James Buren Sidbury Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Immunology at Duke since 1979. She is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. In October of 2003 she was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. She was elected a member of the Association of American Physicians on April 26, 2014, and on May 4, 2014, she was the recipient of the John Howland Award from the American Pediatric Society. On May 12, 2019 she received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of North Carolina and on May 9-13, 2019 she was selected as the 2019 Distinguished Fellow of the American Association of Immunologists.

Research Interests

Dr. Buckley's research interests have been in the fundamental causes of genetically-determined immunodeficiency diseases. For the past 39 years her research has been on the syndrome of severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) and the longterm clinical and immunologic outcomes of nonablative T cell-depleted haploidentical parental bone marrow transplants. This treatment can be provided to all SCID infants, regardless of whether or not they have a matched sibling donor. For the past two decades she has advocated newborn screening for SCID, and the Secretary of HHS officially recommended that this be implemented in May of 2010. The North Carolina legislature and Governor approved this in 2015. Dr. Buckley is the author or co-author of 375 scientific publications.

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