Dr. Carmen Renee Green MD

Dean of the CUNY School of Medicine (CSOM), The City College of New York

Carmen Renee' Green, MD is Dean of the CUNY School of Medicine (CSOM) at The City College of New York, and the Anna and Irving Brodsky Medical Professor and Professor in CCNY’s Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. She completed an Anesthesiology residency, subspecialty training in Ambulatory and Obstetrical Anesthesia, and a Pain Medicine fellowship at the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) as well as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Aging Butler-Williams Scholar program, von Hedwig Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) fellowship, and Mayday Pain & Society fellowship.

Dr. Green was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellow at the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) of the National Academies. Working in the Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee and the Children and Families Subcommittee she helped draft the National Pain Care Policy Act, incorporated in the Affordable Care Act and Senator Ted Kennedy thanked her in the Congressional Record for contributing to the FDA reauthorization, i.e. including gender and race variables to assess outcomes.

Among Dr. Green’s numerous honors for community and scientific service are the John Liebeskind Pain Management Research Award and the Elizabeth Narcessian Award for Outstanding Educational Achievements. She was the inaugural Mayday Pain and Society fellow, a Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine fellow, and a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. She serves on advisory boards for the NIH, US Secretary for Health and Human Service, and American Cancer Society. Dr. Green was the founding chair for the American Pain Society’s Special Interest Group on Pain and Disparities and chair of the Public Policy Committee.

At the nexus of public health and healthcare quality, equity, and policy, her health policy relevant and health services research agenda focuses on pain and the social determinants of health. She is the author of germinal and seminal papers that poignantly reveal unequal treatment, disparities, variability in decision-making, and diminished healthcare quality; revealing suboptimal access to health and pain care across the life course for women, minorities, and low-income people. Dr. Green published a selective review focusing on the unequal burden of pain in Pain Medicine which remains the most cited article in the journal’s history and was the guest editor for the its special issue on disparities. She was the first to identify (and write the foundational paper) racial disparities in hospital security standby requests on patients and visitors while also introducing security errors to the health inequities lexicon. An innovator, she often uses narrative medicine and photo voice techniques to promote empathy and healing.

Her federal and state board service includes NAM’s Health Care Services Board, Michigan Governor’s Pain and Symptom Advisory Committee, US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee and HHS Oversight Committee for the National Pain Strategy (Disparities Committee Co-Chair) as well as NIH’s Advisory Committee for the Eunice Shriver National Institute of Child and Human Development, Advisory Committee for Research on Women’s Health, and National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research.