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Lance B. Becker, MD, FAHA

Lance B. Becker, MD, FAHA
Chair & Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Zucker School of Medicine

Lance Becker, MD, FAHA is the chair and professor of emergency medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine. 

Before joining Northwell Health, Dr. Becker served as founder and director of the Center for Resuscitation Science at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and professor of the Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Prior to that, he was founder and director of the Emergency Resuscitation Center at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory.

A national and international leader in academic emergency medicine, critical care and the science of resuscitation, Dr. Becker has research interests that are translational and extend across the basic science laboratory into animal models of resuscitation and to human therapies.

He has been a leader in the field of resuscitation for more than 25 years, pioneering advances in improving the quality of CPR, AED use, defining the “three phase” model for cardiac arrest care, and therapeutic hypothermia. He has worked closely with the American Heart Association in emphasizing the importance of a “systems of care” approach to improving survival within communities. His cellular studies have helped define reperfusion injury mechanisms, mitochondrial oxidant generation, reactive oxygen and nitrogen species responses to ischemia, apoptotic activation following ischemia, signaling pathways, new cellular cytoprotective strategies and hypothermia protection. He has received numerous honors and awards from such organizations as the American Heart Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians and American Society of Critical Care.  

A recipient of prestigious teaching awards, he has mentored many successful research fellows.  He is a renowned, well-funded researcher who holds many patents for his discoveries.  His professional affiliations include membership in the American Heart Association, Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, the US Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Science, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Physiological Society. In addition, he holds many offices in professional and scientific societies, and has organized many national and international scientific meetings. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Medicine.

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