Leader in Medicine

Beth Pletcher


The American Health Council has warmly welcomed Dr. Beth Pletcher, MD as “Best in Medicine.” Having worked in the healthcare industry for over 24 years, Dr. Pletcher is an esteemed expert in pediatrics and genetics. She demonstrates an exceptional willingness to constantly learn and share her knowledge with others.

Dr. Pletcher always wanted to be involved in the healthcare industry, originally in Internal Medicine or Cardiology, but she soon found Pediatrics to be more compelling, as it allows early intervention. With a clear path in mind, Dr. Pletcher went on to study at Rush Medical College, successfully obtaining her M.D. in 1982.

Dr. Beth Pletcher has upheld the position of Director of Division of Clinical Genetics at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School for the past four years. As one of the nation’s top medical schools, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School is best acknowledged for providing top quality medical education, research, patient services and community outreach. Additionally, it has a commitment to constant innovation and progress, whilst keeping its core values and goals in mind. The medical school’s main services and treatments focus on infectious diseases, cardiovascular science, neurological and visual sciences, as well as cancer and trauma.

On a daily basis, Dr. Pletcher is responsible for a wide variety of tasks. She works closely with genetic counseling and a multi-disciplinary team to develop treatment plans as well as teaching 1st and 2nd year students physical diagnosis and 0-4 years through their rotations.

Throughout her impressive and long-standing career, Dr. Pletcher has been the recipient of numerous successes, awards and honours. Dr. Pletcher is a double BD to treat Adult and Pediatric patients, has co-edited a book on the Genetics of Autism and has also written many book chapters. She was awarded the American Association of University Women Scholarship in 1982, was a nominee for the Golden Apple Teaching Award New Jersey Medical School in 1999, and more recently, was listed New Jersey Top Physicians in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Furthermore, Dr. Pletcher is involved with a Genetic Center and serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Medical School Magazine.

In an effort to continually broaden her knowledge, Dr. Pletcher is involved with various professional associations including; the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, the Africa Soil Health Consortium and the American Society of Human Genetics.

Looking to the future, Dr. Pletcher plans to expand her teaching role by developing modules and programs for teaching the disabled. Outside of work, Dr. Pletcher volunteers at Wildlife Rescue, is a Faculty Advisor for the Humanism Center at NJMS and and contributes to literary magazine Ars Literarum. Furthermore, she also enjoys traveling, crochet and practising karate, where she has reached the rank of black belt.

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Director of the Division of Clinical Genetics at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

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