Otolaryngology Associates of the MidSouth
About Us

Meet our Physicians

Do you ever wonder...

What are the qualifications of the physicians who will be treating me?
Where did they go to medical school?
Are they board certified?

We have provided you with a brief introduction of our physicians, their credentials and some of their interests when not practicing medicine. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you may have.

Thomas E. Long, M.D.

Thomas E. Long, M.D.

Dr. Long received his undergraduate at Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tennessee in biology. He did his internship at the City of Memphis Hospital in straight medicine. Dr. Long did his residency at the University of Tennessee, Memphis in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He was board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 1979.

Dr. Long is Chairman of the Surgery Department and is the Otolaryngology Division Consultant for Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. He is the medical missions chairman at his local church where he volunteer's yearly for mission trips. Dr. Long is also on the advisory board for the Christian Medical and Dental Society and the Memphis Oral School Board.

Dr. Long is married with 3 children. His interests are church, children's sports and drama, biking and tennis.

Neal S. Beckford, M.D.

Neal S. Beckford, M.D.

Dr. Beckford received his undergraduate at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in biology. He attended medical school and did his surgical internship at Howard University in Washington D.C. Dr. Beckford did his residency at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He was board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 1985.

Dr. Beckford was elected President of the Bluff City Medical Society for 1999-2000. He is on the Board of Trust for Opera Memphis and is on the Board of Directors for the Memphis and Shelby County Medical Society. Dr. Beckford also is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the Association of Otolaryngology Administrators and several other professional societies and organizations.

Dr. Beckford is married with 3 children. He enjoys music, bicycling, exercising and spending time with his family.

Joel Kahane, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Joel Kahane, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Kahane is a medical speech pathologist specializing in the treatment of voice disorders, medical based speech pathologies and swallowing dysfunction. He received his B.A. in Biology, and M.S. in Speech Pathology from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and a Ph.D. in Biocommunication from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Kahane is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. He is licensed and clinically certified in speech-language pathology.