Janalynn F. Beste, MD, FAAFP

Janalyn Beste
Family Medicine
Novant Health Family Medicine Residency Program Director

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Associate Professor
Department of Family Medicine 
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

I grew up in the Eastern US, moving every few years due to my dad's job in retail. I attended Bethel College in St. Paul, MN and the University of Minnesota Medical School. It was there that I met my husband Todd, and together we decided to escape the snow and ice for warmer climates.  We moved to Greenville, N.C. to complete our residencies at East Carolina University and then stayed on as faculty for 9 years. I became the Associate Residency Director in 2002 and Residency Director there in 2003. Then, in 2007, we were offered the chance to move to Wilmington, North Carolina! I took the position as Program Director and my husband became faculty in the OB/GYN residency program. He became their Program Director in 2009.

On a personal note, we have two teenage children and love to spend time on the water. Wilmington has an active arts community and we have enjoyed plays, musicals and lots of concerts, both indoors and out. My husband does triathlons and I run – we have participated in the Wrightsville Beach Marathon and Beach2Battleship Ironman in the past here in town.

I have a special interest in maternity care and children’s health, particularly related to decreasing racial disparities in maternal and infant outcomes.  For the past 5 years I have been the lead physician to implement interconception care at our practice through the IMPLICIT (Interventions to Minimize Preterm and Low birth weight Infants using Continuous quality Improvement Techniques) network.  I am also the family physician lead for our region for the North Carolina Maternal Innovations project, as well as one of 2 physician members on our Infant Mortality Task Force, known as First Year Cape Fear.  I have been an ALSO instructor and advisory faculty member for 20 years and love to teach residents all the tricks I have learned!

  • Family Medicine
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine, Greenville, NC
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Media & Publications

Dr. Beste talks about symptoms of a stroke and why it is so important to seek medical help immediately in this WSFX interview.

In this interview, Dr. Beste talks explains the health issues caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, a common sexually transmitted disease, and how they can be prevented with vaccines.

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