Bradford Becken, MD

Bradford BeckenDr. Bradford Becken III is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He received his MD from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2014 as well as an MS in Microbiology and Immunology. Next, he completed hispediatric residency and fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. While a fellow at Duke he was also a fellow of the Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP) which funded his research on Akkermansia muciniphila, a novel mucin degrading anaerobic bacterium implicated as being protective against obesity and metabolic disease. 

Dr. Becken’s clinical interests focus on infections in the immunocompromised host, pediatric HIV, and infections in children with cystic fibrosis. Dr. Becken has presented posters at regional and national meetings, lead a multi-division QI project, co-authored two book chapters on HIV, co-authored several manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals. His primary research interest involves the role of anaerobic gut bacteria on overall health.  

Dr. Becken is an avid teacher and earned Duke Pediatrics fellow teacher of the year award in 2020. In addition to lectures on infectious diseases for medical students and residents, he has presented talks on financial literacy and financial math of young physicians. 

Dr. Becken graduated from Davidson College, where he studied Economics and French (minor) and was a member of the Division I X-Country and Track & Field teams. Prior to pursuing a career in medicine he worked as a financial analyst in Los Angeles for several years.