Lance Becker, MD, Named Chair of Department of Emergency Medicine at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center

Lance Becker
Lance B. Becker MD, FAHA

GREAT NECK, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today that Lance B. Becker, MD, FAHA, has been named chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center, as well as chair and professor of emergency medicine at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

Before joining the health system, 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” 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.

Dr. Becker received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and completed his residency in internal medicine at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago.

About North Shore-LIJ Health System -- North Shore-LIJ is changing its name to Northwell Health in January 2016.
One of the nation's largest health systems, the health system delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. The health system cares for people at every stage of life at 21 hospitals and about 450 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. The health system’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,600 beds, employ more than 15,000 nurses and have affiliations with nearly 13,600 physicians. With a workforce of more than 61,000, the health system is the largest private employer in New York State.  For more information, go to

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