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  • Derrick J. Beech, M.D., F.A.C.S.
    Senior Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs & Faculty Development

    Contact Information

    Phone: (404) 756-5294

    Specialty: Surgery

    Clinical Interest/Expertise: Surgical Oncology

    Medical School: Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA

    Residency: Temple University Hospital and Clinics, Philadelphia, PA

    Fellowship: Surgery Oncology, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX


    • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
    • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
    • Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare
    • American Board of Surgery Diplomat
    • American College of Surgeons Fellow

    A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Derrick J. Beech, M.D., earned his Bachelor’s degree from Duke University with a major in Mathematics. He continued his studies at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree.   Following medical school training, he received his residency training in Surgery at Temple University Hospital and Clinics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   During his residency training, Dr. Beech developed a strong interest in cancer surgery and the compassionate care required in the care of cancer patients. As such, he went on to complete his fellowship training in Surgical Oncology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

    Dr. Beech has received numerous honors and awards including membership in the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

    Prior to joining Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Beech served as professor and chairman of Surgery at Meharry Medical College, and chief of Surgery at Nashville General Hospital at Meharry.  Before serving in this role, he was actively involved in medical education and clinical practice as a faculty at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana and the University of Tennessee at Memphis where he served as chief of Surgical Oncology and Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs.

    He is a member of multiple national scientific organizations including the American College of Surgeons, American Association of Cancer Education and Cancer Research. He is a respected author in the field of surgery with over 170 manuscripts, book chapters, and abstracts. He has delivered over 90 local and national presentations and served as visiting professor at many leading institutions. One of his noted publications is the short novel “First, Do No Harm” and poem Life’s Maze. Dr. Beech’s research has focused on cancer prevention and control, novel gene therapy for cancer and large scale clinical trials with a special emphasis on breast cancer, sarcoma and colorectal cancer.

    Dr. Beech is known as a demanding, but highly skilled, competent and compassionate surgeon and leader. When asked of his professional mission, he will often say that he is a “humble servant of God and a soldier in the fight against cancer, injustice and unequal care.”