Dr. Robert McBeath is the newest appointee to the Nevada Athletic Commission.
His appointment was made last week by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.
“As a physician who has experience in multiple medical specialties, Robert McBeath will provide a unique and necessary perspective to the Nevada Athletic Commission,” Sandoval said in a statement.
“His vast business experience will also be an asset to the commission,” Sandoval said. “The safety of our athletes is a top priority and having a physician on the commission will ensure that health considerations are at the forefront of the regulatory and licensing process.”
McBeath is the president of OptumCare and chief executive officer of Southwest Medical Associates, where he has also been a leader in innovation and technology.
“I’m honored and thrilled to join the Nevada Athletic Commission,” he said. “I want to thank Governor Sandoval for appointing me to this prestigious position and for giving me this opportunity to serve. As a longtime Nevadan, physician and avid sports fan, I appreciate the vital role this commission, its staff and members play in regulating some of the biggest sporting events we host in our state.”
“I look forward to working with Commission Chairman Marnell, Executive Director Bennett and my fellow commissioners to make sure Nevada remains a world leader in this area and to protect and promote the integrity, health and safety of boxing, mixed martial arts and related sporting events happening in Nevada,” McBeath said.
He opened Urology Specialists of Nevada in Las Vegas in 1996 as the sole practitioner.
Over the years, McBeath built the practice into a group of 13 providers and 75 employees. At the same time, he also developed and managed several aligned health care businesses, including a community-wide lithotripter services company and Specialty Surgery Center.
He obtained his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and completed his urologic residency program at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. He also holds a master’s degree in medical management from the University of Southern California.
McBeath will replace Dr. James Carpenter for the remainder of this term that ends Oct. 31, 2019.
Earlier this month, Sandoval announced the appointment of retired Nevada football coach Chris Ault to the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Ault is a member of the College Football of Hall of Fame.
At a glance
- The Nevada Athletic Commission regulates all contests or exhibitions of unarmed combat, including the licensure and supervision of promoters, boxers, mixed martial artists, kickboxers, seconds, ring officials, managers, ring announcers and matchmakers.
- In 1941, the Nevada Athletic Commission was established by an act of the Nevada Legislature. Since that time, the commission has regulated professional unarmed combat (such as boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts/MMA) in Nevada.
- The commission administers the State laws and regulations governing unarmed combat for the protection of the public and to ensure the health and safety of the contestants.