Stuart Green, M.D.
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Dr. Green is an orthopaedic surgeon whose subspecialty interest deals with
post-trauma limb reconstruction, including non-unions, malunions, shortening
and post-trauma infections of bones and joints.
During the past 25 years, Dr. Green has lectured and published
extensively on matters dealing with his area of expertise. He
was the first American to visit Dr. G.A. Ilizarov in Kurgan,
Russia and was instrumental in introducing the Ilizarov method
of reconstructive surgery to the world's orthopaedic surgeons.
Dr Green is an acknowledged authority on medical ethics as it
relates to musculoskeletal care. He has published extensively
on the subject of the ethics of surgery for questionable indications
as well as ethical considerations related to new medical device
development and the unfavorable effect exaggerated medical–legal
reports have on patients. He has been invited to lecture about
these and related topics as the Presidential Guest Speaker for
the Annual Meetings of both the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction
Society (2006), and The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
(2006), as well as the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons
(2004). Likewise, he has given invited lectures on the topic
of medical ethics as it relates to orthopaedic surgery and surgical
research at Harvard University School of Medicine (2003, 2006),
Stanford University School of Medicine (2001), USC School of
Medicine (2009), UCSF School of Medicine (1999), University of
Connecticut School of Medicine (2003), and many other distinguished
institutions, national organizations and foreign orthopaedic
As a result of these interests, publications and speakerships,
Dr Green became a member of the Committee on Ethics of the American
Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in 2007, and has served on the
Ethics Committee of UCI Medical Center. He is a member of the
Association for Medical Ethics.
When the medical journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
formed a website and "wiki" for orthopaedic surgery
residents, Dr. Green was asked to write a monthly blog about
medical ethics and related topics. It is accessible on the web
at www.orthopaedia.com. (One must log in as an orthopeadic surgeon
to use the orthopaedic wikipedia and to read the blogs.)
Dr. Green served on a panel dealing with the ethical considerations
involving surgeon-industry relations. Other panel
members included: Jack Mitchell, Chief Investigator for the U.S.
Senate’s Special Committee on Aging; Peter Winn, Assistant
United States Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice; Felicia Cohn,
PhD, Director of Medical Ethics at UCI; and Dr. Charles Rosen,
Founder of the Association for Medical Ethics.
The year 2008 was the 75th anniversary of the American Academy
of Orthopaedic Surgeons. To celebrate the event, the AAOS published
a book on the history of American orthopaedic surgery called “Moving
Stories” and produced a companion DVD titled “Moving
Pictures.” Dr. Green’s role in our nation’s
orthopaedic history is featured in both the book and the movie.
The chapter from the book containing Dr. Green’s involvement
with Russian orthopaedist G. A. Ilizarov can be read at the following
his interview for the movie is found on this webpage: http://www.aaos75th.org/interviews/anniversary_interviews.htm.
In January 2009, The Medscape Journal of Medicine asked Dr.
Green to present a video editorial about teaching moral reasoning
and professional ethics to medical students, interns and residents
through review articles in the medical literature. The resulting
editorial (“Let’s Teach Moral Reasoning to the Next
Generation of Doctors”), available at: www.medscape.com/viewarticle/586030,
elicited favorable comments from viewers around the world. (A
login name and password may be required to view this video editorial,
but they are easy for physicians to obtain by registering on
the Medscape website.)
Dr. Green is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the June
2009 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
(Biomechanics Section), talking about ethical consideration related
to surgical implant development and clinical testing.
Dr. Green has been actively engaged in research at two of UC Irvine's biomedical
research labs. At the Biomechanic Lab at the Long Beach Veteran's Hospital,
Dr. Green works with Thay Q. Lee, Ph.D. on problems related to the biomechanics
of external skeletal fixation and internal fixation devices. In conjunction
with Vincent Caiozzo Ph.D., Dr. Green studied the effect limb lengthening
has on muscle tissue with the goal of the reducing the complication associated
with limb elongation.
Dr. Green received his undergraduate degree from Lafayatte College and his
medical doctorate degree from New York Medical College. He completed his
surgical internship and residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital
for Joint Diseases in New York. Dr. Green completed fellowship training in
Infectious Diseases at the University of California, San Diego. He currently
serves as a Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at
the University of California, Irvine.
Dr. Green is the Deputy Editor for Clinical Orthopaedics and
Related Research; he has served as the Associate Editor for the
Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, the Associate Editor for Advances
in Orthopaedic Surgery, and the Associate Editor for Techniques
His interest in the history of medicine in colonial America
resulted in the book "Dear Doctor Franklin; Emails to a
Founding Father about Science, Medicine and Technology" Further
information is available at deardoctorfranklin.com.
Dr. Green’s focus on Benjamin Franklin and his publication
of “Dear Doctor Franklin” resulted in an invitation
from the Saturday Evening Post (founded by Franklin in 1728)
to Dr. Green to contribute to a weekly blog, “What Would
Ben Franklin Say,” on their website. There, Dr. Green considers
many aspects of modern life, such as the election of a president
of African ancestry, and offers a guess at what Benjamin Franklin
would have to say about the matter. His blogs are available at
the Saturday Evening Post’s website without a password.
Here’s a link to a typical blog: http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2009/03/26/ben-franklin-blog/aig-bonuses.html
Dr. Green also works as a photographer (see www.stuartgreenphotos.com)
and a painter (see www.stuartgreenpaintings.com).
New York Medical College
Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York
Infectious Diseases, University of California, San Diego