Medical Leadership

J. Robert Beck, MD

Bob Beck
  • Senior Vice President
  • Deputy Director
  • Chief Academic Officer
  • Chief Administrative Officer
  • H.O. West and J.R. Wike Chair in Cancer Research

As Deputy Director, Dr. Beck serves in several capacities at Fox Chase Cancer Center. His role is akin to Provost or Academic Affairs Dean in a typical university setting. Beck is a key advisor on matters related to value creation, culture of patient safety, investment in quality, risk management, regulatory and accreditation matters, clinical outcomes, employee and faculty engagement, medical staff and faculty governance, public reporting, value based purchasing, and pay for performance.

Dr. Beck also helps foster academic collaboration with a wide variety of national and international universities, research institutions and oncologists. In addition, he has launched initiatives for more structured faculty development, mentoring, and educational activities.

He previously served as Fox Chase's deputy director of the population science division and as vice president for information services and chief information officer. He has also served as the Chief Medical Officer, working with physicians and nurses to improve the delivery of clinical care in both the inpatient and outpatient departments.

Before joining Fox Chase in 2001, Beck was Vice President for information, research and planning at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He was also a professor of pathology and professor of family and community medicine there.

Beck earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1974 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his MD from Johns Hopkins University in 1978 and served his residency in pathology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. With a focus on clinical decision making, he completed a clinical fellowship in medicine at the New England Medical Center in 1982.

Beck was a member of the Dartmouth Medical School faculty and staff pathologist at Mary Hitchcock in Hanover, New Hampshire, from 1982 until 1989. In 1989, he joined Oregon Health Sciences University as professor of pathology and medicine and was a staff clinical pathologist at University Hospital in Portland, Ore. He also directed the university's biomedical information communication center and was a professor of preventive medicine and public health.

A past editor-in-chief of Medical Decision Making, Beck was the interim executive director for the Houston Academy of Medicine – Texas Medical Center Library from 1999 to 2001 and was a member of its board of directors from 1992 until joining Fox Chase. Beck is a member of many professional and scientific societies, including the American College of Medical Informatics, Society for Medical Decision Making, and the College of American Pathologists. Beck has over 200 publications in the literatures of pathology, medicine, oncology, decision science and informatics. While a trainee and junior faculty member, he developed the Markov model of medical decision-making and popularized its use. He has been on NIH, NCI, and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) scientific review groups continuously since 1983.