Tenured Professor, Department of Anesthesiology (School of Medicine), University of Michigan
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (School of Medicine), University of Michigan
Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy (School of Public Health), University of Michigan
Attending Pain Medicine Physician, Michigan Medicine
Carmen Renee Green, MD 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.
Dr. Green is a tenured Professor of Anesthesiology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Health Management & Policy at the University of Michigan’s (U-M) Schools of Medicine and Public Health, an attending physician in the Back and Pain Center, holds faculty appointments at the Institute for Social Research and Institute for Health Policy & Innovation, and is a faculty associate in the Program for Research on Black Americans, Depression Center, and Cancer Center. Green is an elected fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, Gerontological Society of America, and Association of University Anesthesiologists, and elected to Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She is a faculty associate in the Cancer Center, Center for Research Ethnicity Culture & Health, Depression Center, and Program for Research on Black Americans. The inaugural Associate Vice President and Associate Dean for Health Equity & Inclusion at UMHS, she is the Executive Director of the Healthier Black Elders Center and Co-Director of the Community Core for the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research. 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.
Honors & Awards
- UMHS: Employee of the Year
- U-M: Woman of Color of the Year for Human Relations
- Consumer Checkbook: Top 100 Doctors
- US News and World Reports: Top 1% of Pain Doctors
- U-M Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award
- John Liebeskind Pain Management Research Award
- Elizabeth Narcessian Award for Outstanding Educational Achievements
- MSU CHM Distinguished Alumni Award
- Green, C. R., Anderson, K. O., Baker, T. A., Campbell, L. C., Decker, S., Fillingim, R. B., … & Todd, K. H. (2003). The unequal burden of pain: confronting racial and ethnic disparities in pain. Pain medicine, 4(3), 277-294.
- Anderson, K. O., Green, C. R., & Payne, R. (2009). Racial and ethnic disparities in pain: causes and consequences of unequal care. The Journal of Pain, 10(12), 1187-1204.
- Green, C. R., Hart‐Johnson, T., & Loeffler, D. R. (2011). Cancer‐related chronic pain: examining quality of life in diverse cancer survivors. Cancer, 117(9), 1994-2003.
- Green, C. R., Wheeler, J. R., Marchant, B., LaPorte, F., & Guerrero, E. (2001). Analysis of the physician variable in pain management. Pain Medicine, 2(4), 317-327.
- Green, C. R., Wheeler, J. R., & LaPorte, F. (2003). Clinical decision making in pain management: contributions of physician and patient characteristics to variations in practice. The Journal of Pain, 4(1), 29-39.
- Green, C. R., Wheeler, J. R., LaPorte, F., Marchant, B., & Guerrero, E. (2002). How well is chronic pain managed? Who does it well?. Pain Medicine, 3(1), 56-65.
- Poleshuck, E. L., & Green, C. R. (2008). Socioeconomic disadvantage and pain. Pain, 136(3), 235.
- Green, C. R., Ndao-Brumblay, S. K., Nagrant, A. M., Baker, T. A., & Rothman, E. (2004). Race, age, and gender influences among clusters of African American and white patients with chronic pain. The Journal of Pain, 5(3), 171-182.
- Green, C. R., Flowe-Valencia, H., Rosenblum, L., & Tait, A. R. (1999). Do physical and sexual abuse differentially affect chronic pain states in women? Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 18(6), 420-426.
- Baker, T. A., & Green, C. R. (2005). Intrarace differences among black and white Americans presenting for chronic pain management: The influence of age, physical health, and psychosocial factors. Pain Medicine, 6(1), 29-38.
- Green, C. R., Flowe-Valencia, H., Rosenblum, L., & Tait, A. R. (2001). The role of childhood and adulthood abuse among women presenting for chronic pain management. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 17(4), 359-364.
- Ndao-Brumblay, S. K., & Green, C. R. (2010). Predictors of complementary and alternative medicine use in chronic pain patients. Pain Medicine, 11(1), 16-24.