Beth S. Edeiken-Monroe, M.D.
January 27, 1948 – April 20, 2020
Beth Sue Edeiken-Monroe, MD, FACR, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, physician, and professor of radiology passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at the age of 72 on April 20, 2020. Beth’s memory will be cherished by her husband and best friend of 47 years Matt, her sons Doug and Brett, her daughters-in-law Maria and Elizabeth, her siblings Wendy, Nanette, and Louis, her nieces and nephews, and most especially by her grandchildren Eloise, Jack, and George. Beth will also be remembered by her extended family, friends, colleagues, and members of her adopted family far too numerous to mention but far too valuable to forget.
Born in Philadelphia, PA, Beth overcame severe dyslexia to become a radiologist, following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather Jack and Louis Edeiken. She attended Temple University as an undergraduate student before attending Jefferson Medical College. She completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Texas in Houston. As a physician, she was a tireless patient advocate. Originally a musculoskeletal specialist like her father, Beth transformed herself into a neuro-interventional sonographer to meet the needs of patients, surgeons and others to accurately locate, biopsy, diagnose and treat lesions in the head and neck. Her early work in that field led to the establishment of the Neurointerventional Sonography (NIR-US) service at MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she served for 43 years until her passing. To this day, and as a result of her work, MD Anderson’s NIR-US remains the pre-eminent service of its kind in the world. Beth was a prolific clinical researcher and published numerous novel and high impact papers in peer-reviewed publications.
Beth spent her career teaching and mentoring others. Early in her career Beth was the program director of the radiology residency at UT Houston, leading it to be ranked among the premiere programs in the nation. In the days since her passing the wider medical community, from Houston and around the world, has been generous with their stories about Beth, some of them professional but many more personal in nature. Her professional legacy will continue through those that she touched.
Beth created a rich community outside of work as well. Beyond her extremely close bond with her family she had many adopted family members. She never hesitated to help those in need, no matter if their challenges were personal or professional. It has been touching for her family that her loss is shared so deeply by so many. It is also a testament to the kind of person Beth was: compassionate, selfless, brilliant, loyal, kind, loving, and fierce. Although many knew her as a maternal figure, there are those who knew her as an intimidating and effective adversary of injustice. She never hesitated to speak up for what was right, and to point to and root out wrongdoing especially on behalf of others.
Although her time with us was far too short, it was full of love, fun and personal and professional passion and accomplishment. Beth passed away after a full day of reading cases from home, as she had been quarantined due to the pandemic. She was supporting her colleagues remotely. Beth was in full control of her faculties, at the top of her professional game, deeply loved by everyone, and on her favorite and most comfortable sofa. It was an early but enviable end to a full and extraordinary life.
Another one like her will be a long time coming.
In lieu of customary remembrances, please consider making a donation in Beth’s name to MD Anderson Caring Fund at https://www.mdanderson.org/donors-volunteers/donate/md-anderson-caring-fund.html or by mail to MD Anderson Caring Fund, P. O. Box 4319, Houston, TX 77210-4319.
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Beth S. Edeiken-Monroe, M.D.
April 29, 2020
Dear Doug and Brett,
Your mother was one of those ROBS parents who teachers appreciated because she was so supportive of her children, our school, and the teachers. She was so thoughtful of others! I remember one time when I had lost my voice and Beth called me and sent in a prescription. We talked a lot through your school years.
Your family is a favorite of mine and one that I will always remember! Both of you boys were (and are!) so talented and so much fun to be around! I still remember Talent Shows where you both performed. And coming to your home! Wonderful memories of a wonderful family!! Prayers for both of you and your entire family in the passing of such a special wife and mother.
April 28, 2020
Dr. Monroe was always supportive and kind to me as middle school friend of her son Doug. In particular, she always welcomed me into their home despite the fact that Doug and I might have caused more than a little trouble on occasion. I haven’t seen Dr. Monroe in many years, but without her support of my friendship with her son, part of my childhood would not have been as good.
April 28, 2020
Dear Matt, Doug, Brett, and All Your Family,
We share your great sorrow in the sudden passing of your precious wife, mother, and grandmother. I knew Beth as the mother of 2 of my dearest students at ROB, first Doug, then Brett. Beth was the rare person who spread calmness, joy and humor, though everyday working in a highly demanding field. She participated and contributed as a classroom parent as though she had nothing else to do . A special pleasure was that our son Chris and Doug were in the same class and became good friends throughout their years together. Doug was always a pleasure to host in our home, and Chris always enjoyed visits with the Monroes. A very treasured memory is of the time when Chris and Doug were in middle school, and Chris was ill, in hospital for a week, then home the week after. Beth so thoughtfully phoned me, not just to inquire about Chris' health, but to extend, with her always generous heart, assurances of continuing friendship and understanding ---stating that they wanted Chris to come to their home to spend the night as soon as he and we felt comfortable, assuring that 2 doctors would be "on hand", so we'd need not worry. That was a magnanimous gift we shall never forget.
We pray for all of you, that midst all your heartbreak and immeasurable grief, you will daily feel the Lord's perfect and persistent presence, that His Peace which surpasses all human understanding will witness to God's overwhelming Love and Grace.
With our loving sympathy and prayers, Audrey and Robb Moses and Family
April 27, 2020
I am sad to hear this news. I was one of her radiology residents at UH in the mid-late 1980s. She cared very much about our education and was very proud of her excellent training program. She was a wonderful caring person. I also owe a lot to her. She had enough confidence in me to give me a spot in the wonderful UH Radiology Residency training program. I would also not be in Texas now if I wasn't offered a spot in the Houston. RIP.
April 26, 2020
I knew Beth when she was one of my residents in diagnostic radiology, and later when she was faculty at UT-Houston, and more recently when she was faculty at MDACC. Throughout all those years, she was deeply caring of her patients, trainees, and colleagues.
My sincere condolences to her family.
Stanley Novy, MD
April 26, 2020
So sad to lose Beth! She was a year ahead of me in the radiology department at UT Houston. Everyone loved Beth. She was always kind and generous and an excellent teacher to me and the younger residents.
My condolences to her family.
Sincerely, Jim Murphy MD
April 26, 2020
The family of Elizabeth ("Liz") Edeiken sends our deepest sympathy to our dear nephew Louis and to our niece and cousins Liz and Casey who are suffering the great loss of their beloved Beth. With love and sadness from the Ellis Family in San Francisco.
April 25, 2020
To hear about the death of my beloved colleague, Beth Edeiken, was truly shocking.
She was one of the most authentic and compassionate doctors that I ever worked with.
Always a patient advocate she worked tirelessly as an interventional radiologist, in the head and neck radiology clinic , at MDAnderson Cancer Center.
We would have countless exchanges on a day when we were both on service together. I loved to hear Beth’s distinctive voice, her pointed comments and frequently when we requested more tissue, she would refuse to go back if she felt that her patient had been subjected to too much trauma.Yet she had impeccable judgement. She reminded me just before I retired, that I had diagnosed her father, another giant in the field of radiology, with his carcinoma, on a fine needle aspiration.
Beth, at this point in time, I have no idea why or how you passed away, but I know for sure, that it was much too soon.
You performed so much good for all our patients and advocated so well in their behalf.
To your husband and family and to all of us, may your memory be for a blessing.
May your family be comforted by the mourners of Zion and May your soul have a rapid ascent to the heavens above.
Baruch Dayan Emmet.
April 23, 2020
Loss of an amazing leader and colleague in Neuroradiology. She will be remembered for the outstanding oncologic care of our Endocrine and Head & Neck Surgery patients for as long as most of us have been at MD Anderson. Renowned educator, patient care champion, and beloved colleague. We and all of our patients will miss her greatly. Prayers with her and her family.
April 22, 2020
I miss Beth Edeiken so much. She was a one of a kind person- no one like her. We have worked together at MD Anderson Cancer Center since the day she started .We share the same birth year. I wish I could been working at the ABC building on Monday looking at the needle aspirations that Beth and her colleagues send to us for rapid interpretation. Then I could’ have called her back and heard her voice as I gave her the diagnosis and we would’ve had a short personal exchange. We enjoyed and admired one another. She had untiring dedication to her patients. We will all miss her so much.
My prayers are with all of her dear family and friends.