American Association for Physician Leadership

Stephen Beeson


Founder and CEO

Practicing Excellence

Dr. Stephen Beeson, founder and CEO of Practicing Excellence, is a nationally recognized speaker, physician, and author whose life mission is to coach and develop clinicians
to be their best.

Dr. Beeson started his career as a family medicine physician with the Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group in San Diego in 1994. In 2001, the leadership at Sharp Healthcare selected him to serve as the Physician Director for the "Sharp Experience," an organizational commitment to building a culture where the experience of patients was both consistent and exceptional. Dr. Beeson was tasked to coach, develop and engage clinicians to help bring the Sharp Experience to life and improve results.

During Dr. Beeson's 18 years as director, the Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group improved patient experience from the 12th to the 93rd percentile, reduced clinician attrition by over 80 percent, and advanced clinician engagement to above the 90th percentile.

Dr. Beeson continuously applied his teachings to his practice and achieved patient experience scores in the 99th percentile for a decade straight. Based on the results from his coaching results, Dr. Beeson wrote two national best-selling books, Practicing Excellence, A Physician's Manual to Exceptional Healthcare and Engaging Physicians, A Manual to Physician Partnership, to help scale his healthcare improvement efforts.

Inspired to help clinicians across the nation become their best, Dr. Beeson founded Practicing
Excellence. The company partners with health systems and medical groups to deliver coordinated, app-based skill-building programs that create measurable results in well-being, patient experience, team collaboration and leadership effectiveness.

Under Dr. Beeson's leadership, Practicing Excellence launched the Clinician Experience Project (CEP) to serve physicians, advanced practice providers (APPs), and clinical leaders, and the Nursing Experience Project (NEP) to help nurses and nurse leaders. Practicing Excellence serves a growing community of organizations dedicated to developing their people and impact care for patients and care teams, alike.

Areas of Expertise

  • Physician engagement
  • Physician coaching and performance feedback
  • High-performing teams
  • Physician-patient communication
  • Building physician trust
  • Physician leadership
  • Clinician Wellness


Bachelor of Arts - Biochemistry and Cell Biology
University of California, San Diego

University of California, San Diego


  • Board certified, family medicine

For over 45 years.

The American Association for Physician Leadership has helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development, thought leadership and community building.

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) changed its name from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) in 2014. We may have changed our name, but we are the same organization that has been serving physician leaders since 1975.


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formerly known as the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE)