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MSTI Executive Medical Director Dr. Tom Beck Stepping Down After Nearly 40 Years

Dr. Tom Beck, St. Luke's MSTI  Executive Medical Director, is stepping down from the position he held for 20 years. Effective Sept. 30, Dr. Dan Zuckerman will assume the role of executive medical director.
By Ken Dey, News and Community
September 25, 2013

Dr. Dan Zuckerman Named New MSTI Medical Director

By Sandra WurdemannSt. Luke's News

Medical oncologist Dr. Tom Beck joined St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute in 1975, as the young organization began expansion of its only facility, in Boise.

It was supposed to be an interim position between his fellowship at the University of Utah and his return to the university as a professor. It didn’t work out that way.

“After I’d been here a year, I didn’t want to go back,” he said.

In 38 years, Dr. Beck has served in a number of positions, including executive medical director of St. Luke’s MSTI for the past 20. On Sept. 30, he will hand the reins to Dr. Dan Zuckerman, a medical oncologist who grew up at St. Luke’s and MSTI. Dr. Beck will continue seeing patients, fly fishing, and ranching.

The two have much in common, said Dr. Norm Zuckerman, Dr. Beck’s first partner and Dr. Dan Zuckerman’s father.

“Dan was a history major and Tom loves history,” Dr. Zuckerman said. “They share this historical perspective on medicine in the U.S., where we were, where we are, and what is our place in change.”

Dr. Beck applauds the foresight and dedication of those who saw the opportunities and needs, and established the institute in 1969, as well as the strong support of St. Luke’s leadership and the community to sustain and grow it.

MSTI now serves patients across the region at sites in Twin Falls, Meridian, Nampa, and Fruitland, and provides physician outreach to rural areas and Idaho’s only hemophilia center and pediatric oncology services. MSTI also has made a national name for itself in research during Dr. Beck’s administration. To read more of Dr. Beck's story click here.

 

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Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.

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