James R. Bean, M.D., received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. After his residency at UK, he served two years on the UK faculty before joining Neurosurgical Associates, a private neurosurgical group practice in Lexington, where he has practiced for the past 25 years. Dr. Bean offered testimony supporting brain death legislation before the Kentucky Legislature’s Senate Committee on Health in 1982, and chaired a Kentucky Medical Association ad hoc committee to pass state legislation on out-of-hospital do-not-resuscitate orders in 1991. He also chaired the Board of the Kentucky Region V Medicaid Regional Provider Entity and co-founded The Physicians Network, a 500-physician independent practice association in Lexington, of which he is now President. Dr. Bean was President of the Lexington Medical Society in 2001. He has served many roles on the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and he represented neurosurgery on Doctors for Medical Liability Reform. He is the immediate past-President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.