Q&A with Dr. Mark Beaird
Scott & White is the only Ob/Gyn practice in Central Texas that has physicians in all the Ob/Gyn subspecialties - Reproductive Endocrine and Infertility, Urogynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, and Gynecologic Oncology.
Why did you decide to become an Ob/Gyn?
I started medical school with plans of being a general surgeon. As I began rotating through the various specialties in my third year of medical school, I realized that I also enjoyed primary and preventive care. During my Ob/Gyn rotation, I recognized that Ob/Gyn was the perfect combination of primary care, preventive care and surgery and was the ideal specialty for me.
I was also greatly influenced by my father-in-law Jimmy Harrell, M.D. who had a busy Ob/Gyn practice in Sherman, Texas. Although he is now retired, at one time he delivered the majority of babies in Sherman. I saw what an impact he had on families he cared for and the community where he lived, and he has always served as role model for me as an Ob/Gyn. One of the great joys I have had in my practice is to deliver several babies for patients who now live in central Texas who were babies that Jimmy delivered in his practice in Sherman.
What inspires you about your work as an Ob/Gyn?
Every birth is a joy and a miracle and it is an honor to be a part of this special time in the lives of my patients and her family.
I have been in practice in Waco since 1995. It's hard to believe, but the babies that I delivered in my first year in practice are now teenagers. My wife and I have three children of my own, and I can't go to a school program or a game for one of my own without seeing boys and girls that I have delivered. It is really a joy to see these children grow up, visit with their parents, and to know that I had the opportunity to be a part of their lives.
Why do you feel it is important to build relationships with your patients and give personalized care?
Every time I see a new patient or an established patient for a yearly exam, I always start the appointment talking about the significant things going on in their lives - their family, work, interests, recent travel, etc. Certainly there are quite a few patients I see only once or for a specific problem, but for the majority of my patients, I have seen them for years - some going on 16 years! I really enjoy the opportunity to build a long-term doctor patient relationship with patients. Every patient is unique and I feel that understanding her life experiences and background helps me provide her better care. When there is a problem or a concern it really helps to have built trust and rapport with a patient over time.
Some days in the office can be quite busy, but I always try to remember that one of the most important things I do for my patients is to be available and to listen. Often, reassurance and peace of mind is much more important than any prescription I could write or any surgery that I perform.
What led you to practice at Scott & White? What benefits do you feel you can offer patients at Scott & White that would not be available in other practice settings?
Practicing Ob/Gyn at Scott & White in Waco is really the perfect practice. I have the benefits of my association with a nationally recognized tertiary medical center at Scott & White in Temple, but I have the opportunity to provide this care in a private practice setting in Waco.
Scott & White is the only Ob/Gyn practice in Central Texas that has physicians in all the Ob/Gyn subspecialties - Reproductive Endocrine and Infertility, Urogynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, and Gynecologic Oncology. Although these specialists are in our practice in Temple, we work closely together and it is great to have the support to be able to call upon one of my colleagues for a consult or arrange for referral if needed to help me care for my patients.