Dr. Beach joined the CPSA in his current role in December 2016. He first became interested in physician health in 1992/93 when he authored a report on The Morbidity and Mortality of the Medical Profession for the Board of Science and Education of the British Medical Association. Since then he has advised on physician health to individual physicians referred to him, as well as to health organisations and bodies responsible for overseeing medical training of students and residents. He was on the Advisory Committee of the Alberta Medical Association, Physician and Family Support Program, for a number of years prior to joining the CPSA. Before starting work at the CPSA, he worked at the University of Alberta 2002-2016 in the Occupational Medicine Program where he was the Residency Program Director for almost 15 years. He retains a position as Emeritus Professor in the Department of Medicine as well as a position as Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.
He graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1983, trained initially in internal medicine and respiratory medicine, and then completed a doctorate with a thesis on asthma among shipyard welders. He trained in occupational medicine 1992-1997 at Birmingham University in the UK, completing that in 1997. He also worked at Monash University 1995/96. He has three children and one grandchild, and his main interest outside medicine is playing football (soccer). He still tries to play when his knees and ankles allow!