Beach, Barbara, MD

Barbara Beach


Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Advisor, Palliative Care, End of Life Care

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Clinical Specialties

Cancer, tumors, sarcoma, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, brain and spinal cord tumors, pediatric oncology, hepatoblastoma, wilms tumor blood and bone marrow cancers, blood disorders, anemia, clotting disorders, sickle cell disease, hemophilia, leukemia and lymphoma, hodgkins and non-hodgkins, stem cell transplantation


Board Certification
  • Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology


Medical School

University of Southern California School of Medicine, CA


Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, CA


University of California, San Diego, CA


Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, CA (Pediatrics)


University of California, San Diego, CA

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My Work

About Me

Dr. Beach is a senior clinician in the division and mentors fellows in the oncology continuity clinics. She has provided invaluable career and personal mentorship and served as a role model of expert, compassionate care to the faculty and fellows.

Dr. Beach was a founder of the George Mark Children’s House, the first free-standing home for palliation and respite for children in the country. She served as the first medical director of the House. She also speaks locally and regionally on palliative care and additionally serves as a mentor for a palliative care rotation in the fellowship program. She is frequently consulted by the physicians in the Hematology/Oncology Division -- as well as specialists outside the division -- to provide consultation in palliative care and end-of-life care. Dr. Beach is a member of the Palliative Care Committee at BCHO.

Dr. Beach is fluent in Spanish and is the coordinating primary provider for non-English speaking Spanish pediatric oncology families. Dr. Beach has been singled out as an exceptional teacher and role model and mentor of the Fellowship Program.

Selected Research and Publications:

  1. Vesely C, Beach B. One facility's experience in reframing nonfeeding into a comprehensive palliative care model. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2013 May-Jun;42(3):383-9.
  2. Kim GE, Beach B, Gastier-Foster JM, Murata-Collins JL, Rowland JM, O'Donnell RJ, Goldsby RE. Ewing sarcoma as a second malignant neoplasm after acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2005 Jul;45(1):57-9.
  3. Golden E, Beach B, Hastings C. The pediatrician and medical care of the child with cancer. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2002 Dec;49(6):1319-38
  4. Pyatt S, Beach B, Ajayi T. Pediatric Palliative Care: Out of the Box and Into the Water – Pediatric Palliative Aquatics. 2013 American Academy Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition. Section on Hospice and Palliative Medicine. National Oral Presentation.