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11.25.2014

Dr. Barth A. Green Commemorates 20 Years as Chair of Neurological Surgery

Surrounded by hundreds of colleagues, family and friends, Barth A. Green, M.D., celebrated 20 years as Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery. With more than 39 years at the Miller School of Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital and Miami VA, Green has developed a world-class program renowned in the surgical management of complex spinal cord injuries and disorders.

“I’ve been at the University of Miami for nearly 40 years, with 20 as Chair of neurological surgery; everyone here has been a part of my life,” Green said. “The most important thing I learned in life is you are who you hang out with. So what a wonderful team and village I’ve had the privilege of working with over these years. Each morning when I come to work, I get goose bumps just thinking about the future of UM, Jackson, the VA and our medical center … how we’re at the cusp of so many new and amazing opportunities, and I get to be a part of it all.”

Green’s numerous contributions include co-founding The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center in the world, and Project Medishare for Haiti in 1994, to help improve the health of Haiti’s citizens through an integrated, bottoms-up, community approach to development. Because of his established networks in Haiti, he led the University’s response to the earthquake there in 2010, impacting – and helping save — thousands of lives.

Green also co-founded the University’s Global Institute for Community Health and Development, a University-wide program focused on improving healthcare and advancing community development in the Western Hemisphere.

“Barth is an individual who has a unique way to care for the people of his department,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School, and CEO of UHealth. “The department is the top department of neurosurgery in the country and The Miami Project is the number one project of its kind in the country. It seems that everything that Barth touches turns to gold.”

Among Green’s family members in attendance were his wife Kathy, his son Jeremy and daughter Jenna. Unable to attend, his son Jared sent a video message congratulating his father on his accomplishment.

Others who congratulated and thanked Green at the event included Roberto C. Heros, M.D., professor and Co-Chair of Neurological Surgery; Robert M. Quencer, M.D., professor and Chair of Radiology; Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A., Executive Dean for Clinical Affairs, Chief Executive of the UHealth Physician Practice and Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs; Joe Natoli, Senior Vice President for Business and Finance and Chief Financial Officer; and Suzie Sayfie, Executive Director of The Miami Project.

“Barth has spent his life here at the University, and he has made the Miller School of Medicine much better than it was before he was here,” Falcone said. “He exemplifies all the leadership qualities that anyone could ask for. He has tremendous vision and he is persistent in what he believes in and he will achieve what he believes in.”

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