Staff Spotlight: Rita Butterfield

Friday, May 17, 2019

Rita Butterfield
Rita Butterfield

Name: Rita Butterfield

Position: Research Program Leader

Division/Program in department: Physician Assistant

Start date: April 1, 2019

Years at Duke (if applicable): 6 months

Where I worked prior to accepting this role: Psychiatry at Duke, before that at UNC in Pediatrics

What I will be doing in this role: Working with Perri Morgan and Chris Everett on the variety of research projects they are conducting.

What I most look forward to in this role: Learning more about the role of PAs in health care and growing my skills in statistical analysis.

My first job: When I was 16, I worked at a Kentucky Fried Chicken. I worked the counter and the drive-through.

My dream job: I’ve always thought that I might own a restaurant someday. That seems less and less likely, though.

What I like to do for fun: Walk my dog and hang out with my 5-year old granddaughter, Rosie.

Favorite musician, movie, TV show, or book: I am currently reading the "Broken Earth" trilogy by NK Jemisin. I don’t think of myself as a science fiction fan, but these books are gripping and very well-written.

Something my co-workers probably don’t know about me: I am an excellent bartender.