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Dr. David E. Beck is Chairman of the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Ochsner Clinic, New Orleans, Louisiana. Dave was born in Geneva, Illinois. He received a BS degree as a distinguished graduate from the United States Air Force Academy and his MD from the University of Miami in Florida. He completed his general surgery residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center at Lackland AFB, Texas. After spending a year as an Air Force general surgeon at a small base in Florida, he completed a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Beck then returned to Wilford Hall to serve as the Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery and eventually as Chairman of the Department of General Surgery. He has also served at the Air Force Surgeon General's consultant in Colon and Rectal Surgery and during the Gulf War was Chief of Surgery at the 81 Contingency Hospital located at Little Rissington, United Kingdom. After leaving active military service in 1993, he joined the colorectal staff at the Ochsner Clinic and in 1995 became chairman of the department in 1997. In 2005, he was elected to the Board of Governors of the Ochsner Clinic.
Dr. Beck assumed the duties of Editor in Chief of Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery in January 2000. He previously served on the Editorial Board of Diseases of the Colon and Rectum and is also currently the Editor in Chief of The Ochsner Journal. Dr. Beck has been a guest editor of several issues of Clinics and is the author and editor of six textbooks. Those currently in press include Fundamentals of Anorectal Surgery, Complications of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Handbook of Colon and Rectal Surgery, and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ASCRS) Textbook of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He has published over 90 book chapters and monographs and over 140 peer-reviewed articles.
Dr. Beck directs several national courses including the Annual Patrick Hanley Colorectal Surgery Course. He has been a member of the executive council of the ASCRS and serves on multiple committees of this society. An active researcher, Dr. Beck received the ASCRS Outstanding Young Investigator's award in 1992. He is also listed in Best Doctors in America and was selected as one of Good Housekeeping's Top 318 Cancer Doctors for Women.
David Beck and his wife, Sharon, live in Madisonville, Louisiana. When not working, he enjoys fishing, gardening, and woodworking.
On behalf of the readers and staff of Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery, the editorial board thanks Dr. Beck for serving as Guest Editor and for providing us with a useful issue on the management of ostomies.