Richard Becker, MD


Director and Physician-in-Chief, UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute

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Richard Becker, MD

Richard Becker, MD, leads all cardiovascular services throughout the UC Health system and collaborates with colleagues at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In 2011, Dr. Becker received the Daniel Drake Medal, the UC College of Medicine’s highest honor.  

Dr. Becker received bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati (UC) and graduated in 1982 from the UC College of Medicine. Following graduation, Becker completed his internship, residency and hematology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He joined the University of Massachusetts Medical School after a fellowship in cardiology there and rose to the rank of professor. He was the founding director of the Cardiovascular Thrombosis Research Center and director of the Coronary Care Unit and Anticoagulation Services at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Prior to joining UC Cardiovascular Institute and the UC College of Medicine, Dr. Becker spent 10 years at Duke University and was professor of medicine and director of the Duke Cardiovascular Thrombosis Center. He also served as co-director of both the Advanced Biomarkers Program at the Duke Clinical Research Institute and the Duke Comprehensive Center for Hemostasis and Thrombosis. Additionally, he directed the Duke University Health System’s Cardiogenetics Thrombosis Clinic. 

Dr. Becker has served as a principal investigator and co-principal investigator of many National Institutes of Health-funded research studies and has been supported by industry, foundations and other government agencies for clinical and translational investigations on thrombosis, hemostasis, vascular biology and pharmacogenetics. He has published more than 600 articles, textbooks, book chapters, invited reviews and editorials, abstracts and both national and international position papers. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis.




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Internal Medicine


Medical Degree

University of Cincinnati



Cleveland Clinic Foundation


University of Massachusetts Medical School

Undergraduate Degree

University of Cincinnati


Master's Degree

University of Cincinnati



Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine



Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine