About Stephen Beeson

Stephen Beeson is a board-certified family medicine physician and a recognized expert in physician coaching, engagement and performance improvement. He has authored two national best-selling books, Practicing Excellence: A physician’s manual to exceptional health care (2006) and Engaging Physicians: A manual to physician partnership (2009), and has spent the past eight years lecturing to more than 500 health care systems. He is co-founder of the Physician Effectiveness Project at Practicingexcellence.com, a web-based, CME-certified interactive physician learning platform used to build physician skills in patient centeredness, quality and safety, high-performing teams, leadership and influence and building collaborative group culture.

As the physician director for Sharp Experience, a highly effective organizational change effort at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, Beeson helped to improve physician performance in patient satisfaction from the sixth percentile to above the 90th percentile nationally.

His efforts contributed to Sharp HealthCare winning the Malcolm Baldrige Award for performance excellence in 2007. Sharp HealthCare demonstrated its support by funding the Physician Effectiveness Project, allowing Beeson to share proven techniques with other organizations.

Areas of Expertise

    Physician engagement
    Physician coaching and performance feedback
    High-performing teams
    Physician-patient communication
    Building physician trust
    Physician leadership

Academic Credentials


Bachelor of Arts - Biochemistry and Cell Biology
University of California, San Diego

University of California, San Diego

  • Board certified, family medicine