Torben Becker, MD, PhD, FAWM



Torben Becker is an emergency physician, intensivist and clinical sonographer. He works as an attending physician in the emergency department and the surgical intensive care units. He is also a Fellow in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in the Department of Emergency Medicine.


Dr. Becker graduated from the University of Heidelberg Medical School in Germany, followed by initial residency training in anesthesiology. After relocating to the United States, he trained in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Ultrasonography at the University of Michigan. This was followed by fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh in Multidisciplinary Critical Care Medicine, Clinical Research, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), and perioperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE).


Dr. Becker’s research and clinical interests focus on ‘hyperacute critical care’; following Peter Safar’s vision: “We have defined ‘critical care medicine’ as the triad of 1) resuscitation, 2) emergency care for life-threatening conditions, and 3) intensive care; including all components of the emergency and critical care medicine delivery system, prehospital and hospital.”


Dr. Becker has a particular interest in global medicine and has worked in Greece, Mexico, Haiti, Rwanda and Ghana. He is the Managing Editor of the Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review Group (GEMLR) and a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM).