Kenneth P. Green, D.M.D., B.S., Dr. Green primarily is a Commander in the United States Navy serving as the Assistant Department Head of the Faculty Practice at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School located at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He will soon be completing a career on August 1st that has spanned 32 years in uniform.
In his undergraduate studies he became the first graduate to receive a degree in bioengineering at Syracuse University. Receiving his DMD from Boston University’s Goldman School of Graduate Dentistry, he then spent a year as a resident in the department of anesthesiology at the Boston City Hospital. After running a dental residency program in Brooklyn, NY, and in private practice in New York City, he became a Dental Officer in the Navy Reserves. Following a lifelong dream to try to reach NASA, Dr. Green switched careers and came on active duty to become a Navy Aerospace Physiologist. He served in that role and as an Aeromedical Safety Officer for more than 10 years, both training Naval Aviators and investigating human factor roles in Naval aircraft mishaps. He served with Navy and Marine Corps squadrons, in the continental US, at sea and deployed with the Marines during Operations Desert Shield and Storm.
After a brief return to private practice and the Navy Reserves, Dr. Green returned to active duty, once again as a dental officer. After a tour at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Dr. Green took a position working at the headquarters for Navy Medicine. There he worked in several roles most recently in the Navy Surgeon General’s department which oversaw all of medical research in the Navy. During that time he experienced life as a critically ill neurosurgical patient which fortuitously led him, while lecturing on his area of expertise, team communication and mishap prevention, to a professional encounter with Dr. Kateb. This in turn led to his association with SBMT, his role expanding from an attendee at the annual meeting, to the leadership role he now has within the SBMT organization.