Torben K Becker

Torben K Becker, M.D., Ph.D., RDMS, FAWM, FAEMS

Assistant Professor, Chief – Division Of Critical Care Medicine, Director – Global Health Programs, Program Director – Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship, Associate Program Director – EMS Fellowship, Director – Prehospital Research

Department: Department of Emergency Medicine
Business Phone: (352) 265-5911

About Torben K Becker

Torben K.. Becker, MD, PhD, RDMS, FAWM, FAEMS is board-certified in Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Emergency Medical Services (prehospital medicine).

Dr.. Becker completed his medical degree and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Heidelberg Medical School in Germany. After initial residency training in Anesthesiology at the University Hospital Mannheim in Mannheim, Germany, he completed an emergency medicine residency and ultrasound fellowship-in-residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. He then completed fellowship training in critical care medicine, ECMO and clinical research at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa., followed by an additional fellowship in emergency medical services (EMS; prehospital medicine) at the University of Florida.

At the University of Florida, Dr. Becker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine in the College of Medicine and an Affiliate Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental & Global Health in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. He serves as Affiliate Faculty for the UF Center for African Studies.

In the Department of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Becker is the Chief of the Division of Critical Care Medicine and the Director of Prehospital Research. He is the Director of Global Health Programs and the Program Director of the Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship, and also an Associate Program Director of the EMS Fellowship. He is the Associate Medical Director of Alachua County Fire Rescue (ACFR), and oversees ACFR’s Critical Care Division.

Dr.. Becker is a member of over a dozen professional and scientific societies.. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Medical Services (FAEMS) and a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM). He has authored over 50 manuscripts in the peer-reviewed literature and has received regional and national research awards.

Accomplishments

Presidential Citation
2020 · Society of Critical Care Medicine
Physician of the Year
2019 · Alachua County Fire Rescue
Best International Ultrasound Research
2018 · Academy of Emergency Ultrasound – Society of Academic Emergency Medicine
Physician of the Year
2018 · Alachua County Fire Rescue
Fellow of the Year
2016 · Department of Critical Care Medicine – University of Pittsburgh
Resident Scholarship Award
2015 · Department of Emergency Medicine – University of Michigan
Resident of the Year
2014 · Emergency Medicine Residents' Association

Board Certifications

  • Basic Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (Testamur)
    National Board of Echocardiography
  • Emergency Medical Services
    American Board of Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
    American Board of Emergency Medicine
  • IM-Critical Care Medicine
    American Board of Emergency Medicine
  • Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
    American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Clinical Profile

Specialties
  • Emergency Medicine
Subspecialties
  • Critical Care Medicine
Areas of Interest
  • Ultrasound

Research Profile

A list of my peer-reviewed publications is available here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1DSdfkrHUNs5M/bibliography/public/

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0002-5287-8056

Areas of Interest
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Global Health
  • Handheld ultrasound

Publications

2021
A descriptive analysis of cross-sectional imaging findings in patients after non-traumatic sudden cardiac arrest.
Resuscitation plus. 5 [DOI] 10.1016/j.resplu.2021.100077. [PMID] 34223343.
2021
Application of deep hypothermic circulatory arrest in open left chest aortic aneurysm repair.
The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. [DOI] 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2021.03.080. [PMID] 33934896.
2021
Global Emergency Medicine: A Review of the Literature From 2019
Academic Emergency Medicine. 28(1):117-128 [DOI] 10.1111/acem.14107. [PMID] 32772445.
2021
Global emergency medicine: A scoping review of the literature from 2020.
Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. [DOI] 10.1111/acem.14356. [PMID] 34310782.
2021
High-throughput low-cost nl-qPCR for enteropathogen detection: A proof-of-concept among hospitalized patients in Bangladesh.
PloS one. 16(10) [DOI] 10.1371/journal.pone.0257708. [PMID] 34597302.
2021
The effects of mobile health on emergency care in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review and narrative synthesis.
Journal of global health. 11 [DOI] 10.7189/jogh.11.04023. [PMID] 33828846.
2021
Ultra-early serum concentrations of neuronal and astroglial biomarkers predict poor neurological outcome after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest-a pilot neuroprognostic study.
Resuscitation plus. 7 [DOI] 10.1016/j.resplu.2021.100133. [PMID] 34223394.
2021
Ultrasound-guided external jugular and femoral arterial cannulation for juvenile swine.
Laboratory animals. [DOI] 10.1177/00236772211013630. [PMID] 33966502.
2020
Cardiac arrest: An interdisciplinary review of the literature from 2018.
Resuscitation. 148:66-82 [DOI] 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2019.12.030.
2020
Cardiac arrest: An interdisciplinary scoping review of the literature from 2019.
Resuscitation plus. 4 [DOI] 10.1016/j.resplu.2020.100037. [PMID] 34223314.
2020
Patient, Neighborhood, and Spatial Determinants of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Outcomes Throughout the Chain of Survival: A Community-Oriented Multilevel Analysis.
Prehospital emergency care : official journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors. 24(3):307-318 [DOI] 10.1080/10903127.2019.1640324. [PMID] 31287347.
2020
Physician perception of targeted temperature management after cardiac arrest: An underappreciated barrier?
Resuscitation. 157:174-175 [DOI] 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2020.10.014.
2020
Prehospital point-of-care ultrasound: A transformative technology.
SAGE open medicine. 8 [DOI] 10.1177/2050312120932706. [PMID] 32782792.
2020
Risk and ROSC – Legal implications of bystander CPR.
Resuscitation. 151:99-102 [DOI] 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2020.03.017. [PMID] 32259608.
2020
The state of emergency medical technician education in Ghana.
African journal of emergency medicine : Revue africaine de la medecine d'urgence. 10(3):107-110 [DOI] 10.1016/j.afjem.2020.01.009. [PMID] 32923318.
2019
A case of refractory ventricular fibrillation successfully treated with low-dose esmolol.
BMJ case reports. 12(3) [DOI] 10.1136/bcr-2018-228208. [PMID] 30852502.
2019
Bystander Assistance for Trauma Victims in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review of Prevalence and Training Interventions.
Prehospital emergency care : official journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors. 23(3):389-410 [DOI] 10.1080/10903127.2018.1513104. [PMID] 30141702.
2019
Global Emergency Medicine: A Review of the Literature from 2018.
Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. 26(10):1186-1196 [DOI] 10.1111/acem.13832. [PMID] 31313411.
2019
Paramedic determination of appropriate emergency department destination.
The American journal of emergency medicine. 37(3):482-485 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ajem.2018.06.024. [PMID] 29933895.
2019
Public perception towards bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Emergency medicine journal : EMJ. 36(11):660-665 [DOI] 10.1136/emermed-2018-208234.
2018
An assessment of ventilation and perfusion markers in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients receiving mechanical CPR with endotracheal or supraglottic airways.
Resuscitation. 122:61-64 [DOI] 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.11.054. [PMID] 29175355.
2018
Feasibility of Paramedic Performed Prehospital Lung Ultrasound in Medical Patients with Respiratory Distress.
Prehospital emergency care : official journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors. 22(2):175-179 [DOI] 10.1080/10903127.2017.1358783.
2018
Global Emergency Medicine: A Review of the Literature From 2017.
Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. 25(11):1287-1298 [DOI] 10.1111/acem.13456. [PMID] 29791967.
2018
Military trainees can accurately measure optic nerve sheath diameter after a brief training session.
Military Medical Research. 5(1) [DOI] 10.1186/s40779-018-0189-y. [PMID] 30572931.
2018
Parasitic infections in the intensive care unit
Anaesthesia and intensive care. 46(5):546-548 [PMID] 30189830.
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2018
Performance of Prehospital Emergency Anesthesia and Airway Management. An Online Survey
Anaesthesist. 67(9):654-663 [DOI] 10.1007/s00101-018-0466-x.
2018
Respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation in critically ill adults in Ghana: A prospective observational study.
African journal of emergency medicine : Revue africaine de la medecine d'urgence. 8(4):155-157 [DOI] 10.1016/j.afjem.2018.08.001. [PMID] 30534520.
2018
Skill and knowledge retention after training in cardiopulmonary ultrasound in Ghana: an impact assessment of bedside ultrasound training in a resource-limited setting
Emergency Medicine Journal. emermed-2018 [DOI] 10.1136/emermed-2018-207716.
2017
Bystander Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: A Civic Duty.
The American journal of bioethics : AJOB. 17(2):51-53 [DOI] 10.1080/15265161.2016.1265173. [PMID] 28112624.
2017
Cardiopulmonary ultrasound for critically ill adults improves diagnostic accuracy in a resource-limited setting: the AFRICA trial.
Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH. 22(12):1599-1608 [DOI] 10.1111/tmi.12992. [PMID] 29072885.
2017
Case of steroid-responsive encephalopathy from hypoglycaemia.
BMJ case reports. 2017 [DOI] 10.1136/bcr-2017-221262. [PMID] 28838925.
2017
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) as salvage treatment for pulmonary Echinococcus granulosus infection with acute cyst rupture.
International journal of infectious diseases : IJID : official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. 64:47-49 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ijid.2017.09.001. [PMID] 28893673.
2017
Global Emergency Medicine: A Review of the Literature From 2016.
Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. 24(9):1150-1160 [DOI] 10.1111/acem.13216. [PMID] 28474823.
2017
Impact of nutrition interventions on pediatric mortality and nutrition outcomes in humanitarian emergencies: A systematic review.
Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH. 22(12):1464-1492 [DOI] 10.1111/tmi.12986. [PMID] 28992388.
2017
Novel Educational Concepts for Emergency Medicine
Notfall & Rettungsmedizin. 21(6):505-512 [DOI] 10.1007/s10049-017-0351-1.
2017
Sustainable Resuscitation Ultrasound Education in a Low-Resource Environment: The Kumasi Experience.
The Journal of emergency medicine. 52(5):723-730 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jemermed.2017.01.050. [PMID] 28284769.
2016
Don’t forget to ventilate during cardiopulmonary resuscitation with mechanical chest compression devices.
European journal of anaesthesiology. 33(8):553-6 [DOI] 10.1097/EJA.0000000000000426. [PMID] 26854661.
2016
Global Emergency Medicine: A Review of the Literature From 2015.
Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. 23(10):1183-1191 [DOI] 10.1111/acem.12999. [PMID] 27146277.
2016
Should laryngeal tubes or masks be used for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients?
The American journal of emergency medicine. 34(4):749-50 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ajem.2016.01.033. [PMID] 26906331.
2016
Should we resuscitate or not-that is the question!
Journal of thoracic disease. 8(6):1053-6 [DOI] 10.21037/jtd.2016.04.24. [PMID] 27293817.
2016
The use of portable ultrasound devices in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review of the literature.
Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH. 21(3):294-311 [DOI] 10.1111/tmi.12657. [PMID] 26683523.
2015
A case of lithium toxicity with significant QT interval prolongatio
Notfall & Rettungsmedizin. 18(3):227-230
2015
A WINning Technique: The Wire-in-Needle Feasibility Study.
The Journal of emergency medicine. 49(5):785-91 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jemermed.2015.05.042. [PMID] 26281803.
2015
An educational measure to significantly increase critical knowledge regarding interfacility patient transfers.
Prehospital and disaster medicine. 30(3):244-8 [DOI] 10.1017/S1049023X15000266. [PMID] 25786539.
2015
Global emergency medicine: a review of the literature from 2014.
Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. 22(8):976-84 [DOI] 10.1111/acem.12733.
2015
Sichere Präoxygenierung zur Atemwegssicherung bei agitierten Notfallpatienten
. 40(2):81-83
2015
Statutes Governing Physician-Staffed Emergency Medical Service Vehicle Equipment in Germany
. 31:1-6
2015
The First Shot Is Often the Best Shot: First-Pass Intubation Success in Emergency Airway Management.
Anesthesia and analgesia. 121(5):1389-93 [DOI] 10.1213/ANE.0000000000000891. [PMID] 26484464.
2015
Update zur kardiopulmonalen Reanimation: Die neuen Guidelines
. 40(4):132-142
2014
Global emergency medicine: a review of the literature from 2013
Academic Emergency Medicine. 21(7):810-817 [DOI] 10.1111/acem.12414. [PMID] 25040254.
2013
Ethical challenges in Emergency Medical Services: controversies and recommendations.
Prehospital and disaster medicine. 28(5):488-97 [DOI] 10.1017/S1049023X13008728. [PMID] 23890578.
2013
Global Emergency Medicine: a review of the literature from 2012.
Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. 20(8):835-43 [DOI] 10.1111/acem.12173. [PMID] 24033627.
2013
Prehospital airway management for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
JAMA. 309(18) [DOI] 10.1001/jama.2013.3098. [PMID] 23652513.
2013
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Global Emergency Medicine Academy: global health elective code of conduct.
Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. 20(12):1319-20 [DOI] 10.1111/acem.12264. [PMID] 24341588.
2012
Experiences with a PDA-based documentation system in clinical research.
Journal of medical systems. 36(2):647-51 [DOI] 10.1007/s10916-010-9530-z. [PMID] 20703667.
2012
Global emergency medicine: a review of the literature from 2011.
Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. 19(10):1196-203 [DOI] 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2012.01447.x. [PMID] 22994394.
2011
International emergency medicine: a review of the literature from 2010
Academic Emergency Medicine. 18(8):872-879 [DOI] 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2011.01129.x. [PMID] 21790839.
2011
International emergency medicine: a review of the literature from 2009
Academic Emergency Medicine. 18(1):86-92 [DOI] 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2010.00961.x. [PMID] 21182567.
2010
Drug-induced QT interval prolongation in cancer patients
. 4(4):223-232
2007
Introduction of a treatment algorithm can improve the early management of emergency patients in the resuscitation room.
Resuscitation. 73(3):362-73 [PMID] 17287064.
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Education

Fellowship – Emergency Medical Services
2017-2018 · University of Florida
Fellowship – Critical Care Medicine, ECMO & Research
2015-2017 · University of Pittsburgh
Fellowship-in-Residency – Ultrasound
2013-2015 · University of Michigan
Residency – Emergency Medicine
2011-2015 · University of Michigan
Residency – Anesthesiology
2011 · University Hospital Mannheim
Internship
2009-2010 · University of Heidelberg Medical School
PhD – Biomedical Sciences
2005-2010 · University of Heidelberg
Medical School
2004-2010 · University of Heidelberg Medical School

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