Kristine Beetham, DO

“Handing a parent their newborn baby for the first time and seeing their face light up is an inexplicably profound experience; it’s a sacred moment unlike any other.”

Doctor Kristine Beetham, DO

“Handing a parent their newborn baby for the first time and seeing their face light up is an inexplicably profound experience; it’s a sacred moment unlike any other.”

Professional Achievements

  • Affiliated with the Northwell Health Campuses at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Plainview Hospital.
  • Teaching Associate in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
  • Academic Chief Resident, 2020-2021
  • Member, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Certified in Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery by Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
  • Awarded the Glasgow-Rubin Citation for Academic Achievement, American Medical Women’s Association
  • Awarded the Western University of Health Sciences Academic Achievement Award for graduation in the top 10% of the medical school class

An Interview with Dr. Kristin Beetham, DO

What led you to the field of obstetrics/gynecology?

Prior to starting medical school my primary clinical interest was in global health. I believe that the best way to support the health of a community is to focus on the health of its women as the foundation of the of the family unit. Additionally, in medical school I discovered my love for surgery and obstetrics in particular. Handing a parent their newborn baby for the first time and seeing their face light up is an inexplicably profound experience; it’s a sacred moment unlike any other. Obstetrics and gynecology combines lifelong patient care with surgery and obstetrics, and is fundamental to improving global health. This unique combination is what makes ob/gyn the perfect fit for me.

How many years have you been practicing in the field?

I joined The Woman’s Health Pavilion in 2021. Prior to that I completed four years of training in obstetrics and gynecology at Northwell’s Long Island Jewish Medical Center and at North Shore University Hospital.

What makes your job rewarding? What do you enjoy about your work?

It is an honor to be trusted by a woman with her health, not to mention the health of her future child. With this honor comes the responsibility to collaborate with each woman individually to understand their needs and values. I feel that a woman’s background must be recognized and respected in order to foster a meaningful therapeutic relationship and provide effective care.   I find it incredibly rewarding to collaborate with patients as they navigate life’s stages – from puberty, to childbirth and motherhood, to the changes of maturity.

What brought you to the area and to this practice?

Practicing in New York provides me the opportunity to learn from the diverse backgrounds that my patients bring with them. This practice serves a wide geography with a diverse patient population.  Additionally, The Woman’s Health Pavilion has a strong reputation for gynecological surgery with a focus in minimally invasive gynecological surgery, which is a special interest of mine.  

Do you have special interests or areas of specialty as an ob/gyn?

Global health, social justice, and medical anthropology have always been interests of mine because health care and culture are inextricably linked. These combined interests are what initially propelled me into medicine and for me woman’s healthcare was the natural extension. Effective health care necessitates an understanding and respect for each patient’s background. As a physician I am continually learning from my patients how their unique lives inform their health care choices and the care that they receive. This is part of the art of medicine – something that I hope to constantly cultivate throughout the course of my career.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

In my free time you are most likely to find me outdoors with my family or running. Regardless of the weather my husband and two sons are always ready and willing to go to the beach where we enjoy barbequing, surfing, paddle boarding and kayaking.