Dr. Beitsch studied at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas graduating third in his class. Following an internship and residency in general surgery at UT Southwestern, Dr. Beitsch completed a National Cancer Institute fellowship at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He finished his surgical oncology training at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, California, where he trained with the father of sentinel lymph node biopsy, Dr. Donald Morton.
Board certified in general surgery; Dr. Beitsch is in practice at Medical City Dallas Hospital. He is an ASBS certified breast ultrasonographer and is an American College of Surgeons breast ultrasound faculty instructor. He has been local chairman of the Breast Cancer Detection Committee of the American Cancer Society and he has received their “Caring Spirit” Award because of his commitment to breast cancer prevention and treatment.
He also received the Macy’s “Heart and Soul” Award for his work with the YWCA Breast Cancer Detection Project and the Founder’s Award of the Bridge Breast Program for uninsured women. He is a fellow of the Society of Surgical Oncology, served as the first chairman of the Community Surgical Oncologist Committee, sat on the Executive Council from 2007-10 and currently serves on the Board of the James Ewing Foundation. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons where he is active in breast cancer research placing hundreds of women into cutting edge studies. He has served as the first Membership Committee Chairman for the American Society of Breast Surgeons, was on the Board of Directors from 2006-9 and was the Program Director for the 2005 American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. He serves as the co-principle investigator of the American Society of Breast Surgeons Mammosite Registry and the tri-Society study – Electronic Xoft Intersocietal Brachytherapy Trial (EXIBT). He was elected President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons on May 3, 2013.
Dr. Beitsch has given numerous national and local presentations and is actively involved in research. He has major articles in peer-reviewed medical journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and the Annals of Surgical Oncology.