Survivors’ Daughter Heads U.S. Medical Team
02/04/14
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Dr. Gloria Beim, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, will serve as the chief medical officer of the U.S. Olympic team at the Sochi Olympics.

An orthopedic surgeon in rural Crested Butte, Colo., she will oversee three clinics and 77 health care practitioners, and work as liaison between the Team USA medical staff and Russian officials.

An athlete herself and veteran volunteer physician at several international athletic events, Beim studied orthopedics at Columbia University here. She learned Russian in anticipation of receiving this prestigious assignment.

Beim, who has visited the Winter Olympic sites in Russia to inspect the medical facilities, is in her 40s, according to a report in the Denver Post.

Her father, Jack, spent four years in Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz. Her mother, Adele, was hidden by a Dutch couple for four years.

Beim told the Post that when she was interviewing for a position as an orthopedic surgeon, male physicians told her that a petite woman like her wasn’t cut out for such a strenuous field. She joined a gym and began lifting weights.

During an interview for her residency position, she challenged one chauvinistic male surgeon to arm wrestle her.

She won.

steve@jewishweek.org

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Two years ago in January in Crested Butte, I fell while skiing (even though I have skied a long time, I don't do ice well - and there were other broken legs that day). I suffered a spiral fracture of my femur. I was transported to the hospital in Gunnison where this lovely young girl said she would be doing my surgery. I said 'oh no, you are much too young.' To which she laughed. Little did I know then that I was soooooooooo extraordinarily lucky to have her! Everyone I happened to talk to there raved about her and how great she is. I am so pleased... and proud.... of her and her accomplishments. Our athletes are in very good hands!!!

Dr. Gloria Beim is an outstanding surgeon, person, wife, mother and of course the love she shows to her wonderful parents Adele & Jack. May G-d bless her & keep her safe.

As Dr. Beims's spiritual leader, I can attest first-hand to her commitment to am yisrael. With the help of her parents, she spearheaded the Butterfly Project right here in Crested Butte, CO, and Gloria goes out of her way to make sure that our history and heritage are alive and well in our little corner of paradise. She is very giving in the community of both her time and her resources, and we look forward to welcoming her as an adult bat mitzvah which she will share with her daughter. We are so proud of her!

What an accomplished surgeon Dr. Beim is. Team USA is lucky to have her.

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