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February 28th, 2020 Baptist Health Medical Group

Gary J. Becker, M.D., Named to Board of Directors of Baptist Health Medical Group

Gary Becker, M.D., headshot

MIAMI February 28, 2020 – Baptist Health South Florida is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary J. Becker, M.D., to the Board of Directors of Baptist Health Medical Group, part of Baptist Health South Florida.

A retired interventional radiologist, Dr. Becker is a renowned educator, researcher, author and pioneer in the development of new vascular devices. He is an internationally recognized leader, serving as the Executive Director of the American Board of Radiology for nearly seven years. Dr. Becker served as Board Chair and President of one of the largest medical organizations in the world, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), receiving its Gold Medal in 2014 after serving eight years on its Board of Directors, with a focus on its scientific portfolio. With nine years on the Executive Council of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), he received its Gold Medal award in 2008. SIR’s Young Investigator Award carries his name, attesting to his service as founding editor of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology and recognized leadership in research and cultivating the next generation of clinician-researchers.

Dr. Becker has held several key leadership positions at Baptist Health during his career, including Director of Interventional Radiology, Assistant Medical Director, and Medical Director of Clinical Research at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. Other notable career highlights include working as branch chief of Image Guided Intervention in the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis at the National Cancer Institute as well as professor of the Interventional Section at the University of Arizona.

“We are honored to welcome Dr. Becker back to Baptist Health South Florida,” said Bernie Fernandez, Jr., M.D., CEO of Baptist Health Medical Group. “He brings a wealth of clinical skills, teaching expertise, business acumen and healthcare board leadership experience to our group.”

Bill R. Tillet, Baptist Health Medical Group board chair, added “We are confident that Dr. Becker’s vast knowledge and keen drive will serve our board well as we continue to refine and support the mission-driven vision and strategy of Baptist Health.”

A native of Chicago, Dr. Becker earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Indiana University, where he also completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology and served on the faculty as Professor and Chief of the Vascular Section. Dr. Becker has served on several boards, most recently as chair of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s Board of Directors. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Radiology and the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties. He has authored or coauthored 10 patents and cofounded a coronary stent company that maintains research, development and sales facilities around the world. He has published more than 230 journal articles, 36 book chapters and a textbook.

Dr. Becker and his wife Patricia Gallagher Becker, MD, a retired pediatrician, have three adult children and two grandchildren, and enjoy travel, book clubs and volunteering in their community.  Dr. Becker also enjoys his hobby of deep space astrophotography.

About Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

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