Bruce Green Receives 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award

Martin Sanda

Dr. Bruce Green

June 2016

Bruce Green, MD, received the 2016 Emory Urology Distinguished Alumni Award at the Emory Urology Residents Graduation Event on June 26. The award recognizes alumni of the Emory University School of Medicine, past Emory Urology graduates, and/or Emory faculty members for their outstanding contributions toward advancing the field of urology.

Dr. Green grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Lafayette High School. He balanced his academics with a love for music and playing saxophone in the concert band, orchestra, and jazz band. He graduated from Brooklyn College with a BA degree in chemistry in 1964, received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate in 1968, and completed two years of residency at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn. During his training years, he continued to play music, appearing with bands throughout the metropolitan New York area and the Catskill mountains.

In 1970, Dr. Green headed south to serve in the U.S. Navy for two years, spending the first year as the medical officer aboard the U.S.S. Mount Whitney, and the second at the Naval Dispensary in Norfolk, VA. While serving, he accepted a residency position at Emory under the direction of the late Kenneth Walton, MD, who chaired Emory Urology from 1969-1986. He completed the program in 1975, and established a private practice in the Sandy Springs area shortly thereafter.  

Dr. Green's interest in neurologic urology allowed him to initiate the urology program at the Shepherd Spinal Center as Director of Urology and Urodynamics. He has also served on the board of the American Spinal Injury Association, and has been a member of the American Paraplegic Society.

Dr. Green's urologic specialties have also included treatment of neurogenic bladder, female reconstructive surgery, and men's sexual health. He is currently Chief of Urology at Northside Hospital in Atlanta.

Reflecting on his time as a resident at Emory, Dr. Green says: "I feel fortunate to have been associated with the two previous recipients of this award. Dr. David O’Brien was my chief resident, and Dr. John Woodard was my mentor. Both influenced me greatly. I also had the very best co-residents in Dr. Stuart Holden and Dr. Tom Parrott, who I sorely miss to this day."

Throughout his 40-year career, Dr. Green has been supported by his wife of 50 years, Carol, and his two children, Richard and Erica. He also has four grandchildren.