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Ann F Beach MD

I’m a Pediatric Hospitalist in Atlanta, Ga. I am particularly interested in the difficulties in diagnosis, cognitive errors, unusual pediatric illnesses and medical history. I present and write on these topics, as well as medical essays and memoirs.

See a chapter from my upcoming book and a variety of published articles below.



Sick Kids:




in Children

By Ann F Beach, MD

Usually, sick children are straightforward. The pediatrician makes the correct diagnosis without complications. Sometimes, there is a mystery involved, and the true diagnosis is not discerned until there have been many twists and turns along the way.  My book tells the stories of patients who ended up with a different diagnosis than their original one. Perfect medical mysteries, many of them with high stakes, were solved with a combination of attention to detail, diligence, intuition, years of experience, and the help of smart colleagues. Join me as I share the stories of these pediatric patients, who arrived at the hospital with one diagnosis, and went home with another. Learn about the tough decisions, the suspense, the myriad possibilities, and the tremendous satisfaction that go along with arriving at a correct diagnosis. Can you solve these real cases before I did? Manuscript in final revisions.

Click here to read a sample chapter.



Published Articles


Doximity Op-Med

An Annual Checkup with an Insulting Surprise

Hospital Pediatrics

Inhumanity or In Humanity

Atlanta Medicine

Why is Diagnosing So Hard?

Atlanta Medicine

Ann Beach Guest Editor for this issue, my editorial page

KevinMD Interview

Interview about People Behaving Badly: 4 Steps to De-escalate Hostile People

KevinMD Article

People Behaving Badly: 4 Steps to De-escalate Hostile People

Hospital Pediatrics

What’s in a Name

Doctors on Social Media

On Call with a Four-Year-Old

KevinMD Interview May 2022

I was interviewed about my recent article

KevinMD Article

A Physician’s Personal Great Resignation

Hospital Pediatrics

#MeToo in Pediatrics

American Journal of Nursing

A Smart Doctor Listens to the Nurses

Doximity Op Med

Letting Go of a Patient I Loved


A Patient Who Touches Your Heart in Unexpected Ways

Hospital Pediatrics

Notes of a Medical Student

Hospital Pediatrics


Atlanta Woman

The Pediatrician and the Improv

Hospital Pediatrics

The Pediatric Hospitalist and Improv

American Academy of Pediatrics

Thoughts of a “Seasoned” Pediatrician

Presentations and Lectures


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