Dr. David Beck, MD is a colon & rectal surgery doctor who practices in New Orleans, LA. He is 64 years old and has been practicing for 38 years. Dr. Beck is affiliated with Ochsner Saint Anne General Hospital, Ochsner Medical Center - North Shore and Ochsner Medical Center.
Dr. Beck researches colorectal diseases, has authored and edited seven medical textbooks and has published over 250 scientific articles. He is listed in Who's Who, Best Doctors in America, Good Housekeeping's Top Cancer Doctors for Women, and Best Surgeons in New Orleans. Dr. Beck is a nationally recognized expert in inflammatory bowel disease, anal cancer, stomas, adhesions, bowel preparation, sphincter saving surgery for cancer, and laparoscopic surgery. A Distinguished Graduate of the USAF Academy, he attended medical school at the University of Miami, completed his residency in general surgery at Wilford Hall USAF Medical School, Lackland AFB, Texas and completed a fellowship in colorectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio. He is board certified in general and colon and rectal surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. After retiring from the Air Force where he was Chairman and Residency Program Director of the Department of General Surgery at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center and the Military Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General in Colon and Rectal Surgery, Dr. Beck joined Ochsner in 1993. He became Chairman of the Colon and Rectal Surgery Department in 1995 and served as the President of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) from 2010-2011. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ochsner Clinic Foundation. In addition to being Ochsner's Chairman of the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Dr. Beck is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Queensland, Australia and is on the clinical faculty at the Louisiana State University and Uniformed Services University Schools of Medicine.
Dr. Beck's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
Board certified in Colon & Rectal Surgery
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Colon & Rectal Surgery
Colon & Rectal Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Beck's Board Certifications
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Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Anal and Rectal Cancer
Anal or Rectal Pain
Carcinoma in Situ
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
Anoscopy With Removal of Anal Tumor
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
Destruction of Anal Tumor
Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
Excision of Rectal Tumor
Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
Removal of Reproductive Organs (Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy, Salpingectomy, Salpingo-Oophorectomy, Resection of Peritoneal Malignancy)
Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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0 Board Actions
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University of Miami / School of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1979
Wilford Hall Usaf Med Center
Internship Hospital | Completed
Wilford Hall Usaf Med Center
Residency Hospital | Completed
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Fellowship Hospital | Completed
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Beck has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
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Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
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We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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