Fritz R. Bech, MD, Named Chief of Surgery for Kennedy Health System
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Dr. Fritz Bech

Fritz R. Bech, MD, MS, FACS, has been named Chief of Surgery for the Kennedy Health System in southern New Jersey. In this newly created role, Dr. Bech will provide system-wide leadership and oversee surgical services at all three Kennedy hospital locations (Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township, NJ), as well as at its freestanding Surgical Center in Washington Township, NJ. He will bring clinical expertise to the system in the management of vascular conditions, including: aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease, dialysis access, and lower extremity arterial and venous disease. Dr. Bech will be available for consultations and will perform open and endovascular procedures at all Kennedy locations.

Board certified in Vascular Surgery, Dr. Bech joins Kennedy from Stanford University School of Medicine in California, where he served as Assistant Professor of Surgery and Director of the Required Surgery Clerkship. 

A 1985 graduate of Philadelphia’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, Dr. Bech completed his general surgery training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire and a Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the University of Chicago Hospitals.  He recently obtained a M.S. in Epidemiology from  Stanford University.

Dr. Bech has held leadership roles in both academic and community hospital settings.  He served as Division Chief of Vascular Surgery both at the White River Junction, Vermont VA Hospital (1994-1997), and at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in PA (2002-2007).  He was a member of the Medical Executive Committee and a Vice President of the Medical Staff at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park, PA.

A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Bech is a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery, the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, the San Francisco Surgical Society, and the Association for Surgical Education.

Dr. Bech and his wife Diane reside in Philadelphia.