Robert S. Beale, Jr., M.D., along with his assistant Ms. Idelle Leavy, started treating people with weight loss issues in Washington, DC in 1974. Dr. Beale was the area’s first physician to recognize and treat obesity.
Dr. Beale was born in Prairie View, Texas, grew up in Durham, North Carolina. He received both his Bachelor of Science (Zoology) and Medical Degrees at Howard University in Washington, DC.
In February 1971, after serving in the United States Public Health Service, he opened an office for the private practice of family medicine in the Washington, DC suburb of Glenarden, Maryland. Dr. Beale became interested in specializing in weight reduction in 1974 because he realized that many of the illnesses that he was treating such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cholesterol and arthritis were either caused by or worsened by being overweight.
In 1977, he joined the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP), an organization of physicians dedicated to the ethical treatment of obesity and eating disorders. Dr. Beale had specialized training and more than 30 years of experience in treating obesity and related overweight conditions.
Sadly, Dr. Beale was killed in an automobile accident on November 13, 2004. He was a weight loss pioneer for over 30 years. Since his untimely death, his oldest daughter, Lisa Beale, is proud to have continued his legacy. To hear his voice about our program, please click here to listen to a recorded message. And for a little more insight into the man that Dr. Beale was, read Thoughts From Daddy’s Little Girl.
Lisa Beale and Dr. Brill, Medical Director, continue to be committed to helping people live healthy lives. Beale Medical Weight Loss continues to use Dr. Beale’s plans and medications. They have remained safe and effective since 1974.
Beale Medical Weight Loss is the top medical weight loss center in the Washington, DC community. Our resident medical staff has the training, experience, and knowledge to walk with patients through their weight loss journey from start to finish.