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Top 40: Timothy Beacham

For Timothy Beacham, a healthy workforce is a profitable workforce.

An associate professor of anesthesiology at University of Mississippi Health Care, Beacham says research has proven that the benefits of healthy employees includes reduction of absences, lost time due to accidents, greater staff productivity and reduced employee turnover.

None other than the American Medical Association Foundation has taken notice of Beacham’s work, presenting him with the 2010 Leadership Award.  The Michigan native was one of only six physicians to receive the award, which recognizes outstanding non-clinical leadership skills in advocacy, community service and education.

The secret to becoming a great physician is effective communication, Beacham says.

“One of my most valuable skills is being able to communicate with individuals from different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds,” he said. “As an anesthesiologist, I must develop trust between my patients so that their experience in surgery is as pleasant and safe as possible.”

Beacham expresses admiration for Wallace Conerly and Aaron Shirley, two well-known Mississippi physicians that he tries to emulate in his duties.

“Dr. Conerly is a visionary and transformed UMMC into a major contributor of research and development,” he said. “Likewise, Dr. Shirley has committed his life to increasing access to healthcare for underserved Mississippians.

“Both men are giants in medicine and strive to make healthcare better for everyone in our state.”

As executive director of the Mississippi State Medical Association, chairman Kanosky has worked closely over the years with Beacham, who represented the state as a delegate and chair of the AMA’s South Regional convention.

“Dr. Beacham has proven to be dedicated and insightful, while offering a youthful perspective that sets the course for the progress of the MSMA,” she said. “I have seen first-hand his commitment to advancing important endeavors of the Mississippi medical community.”

A 2010 graduate of Leadership Jackson program, Beacham also holds the distinction of representing Mississippi as president of the Young Physicians Section of the MSMA.

“Listening to people opens the way toward innovative ideas and more efficient ways of handling conflicts,” he said. “To me, that’s the definition of being a leader.”

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