Life with Phil – P. Sue Beckwith
Life With Phil
by P. Sue Beckwith, M.D. (1980 B.S., 1984 M.D., 2015 M.B.A.),
Senate Chamber, Old Capitol Museum
P. Sue Beckwith, M.D. (1980 B.S., 1984 M.D., 2015 M.B.A.), is a renowned physician and philanthropist from Des Moines who has devoted herself to giving back to both her community and her alma mater. A University of Iowa graduate, Dr. Beckwith specializes in colorectal surgery. Though she maintains a busy medical practice and serves as a clinical associate in the UI Department of Surgery, she still was able to complete her executive M.B.A. degree at Iowa recently while working full time.
Dr. Beckwith—a former Iowa women’s basketball letter winner—is a deeply committed graduate who supports the university through gifts of time and resources. She became the first woman to have a UI building named in her honor when she made a visionary leadership gift for the P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Boathouse in 2010. She also has established three student scholarships—the Christine H.B. Grant Scholarship Fund; the P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Rowing Scholarship Fund; and the P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Women’s Basketball Scholarship Fund—to help make college more affordable for deserving students.
In addition, Dr. Beckwith has served on numerous UI boards and committees. She was a founding member of the dean’s advisory board for the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and she is a member of the UI Foundation Board of Directors. She also has been president of the Varsity Club board, and she received the University of Iowa Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Service in 2010.
Beyond her UI commitments, Dr. Beckwith spent 10 years on the executive council of the Iowa chapter of the American College of Surgeons, including one year as president, and she represented Iowa on the national organization’s board of governors from 2004 to 2007. She held the position of vice president of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons from 2007 to 2008 and, since 2003, she has been a senior associate examiner for the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.
Thanks to her professional accomplishments, her personal drive, and her generous commitments, Dr. Beckwith has proven herself to be a lifelong and loyal philanthropist for Iowa.