Carmen Renee Green MD

Professor, Anesthesiology
Clinical Interests:

Pain management; obstetrical and ambulatory anesthesiology; minority and women's health and elder need


U of M Anesthesiology Pain Management

Burlington Building
325 E Eisenhower Pkwy Ste 100
Ann Arbor


Medical School or Training

  • Michigan State University, 1987


  • Saginaw Cooperative Hospitals, Internal Medicine, MI, 1989

  • University of Michigan Health System, Anesthesiology, MI, 1990


  • Pain Medicine, University of Michigan Health System, 1992

Professional Organizations

  • American Medical Association

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

  • Association of University Anesthesiologists

  • Transformation, and SafeHouse Center

  • New York Academy of Medicine

Board Certification

  • Anesthesiology

  • Pain Medicine


Health services research; Health and pain disparities; pain management outcomes; Health and health care policy; Medical humanities and narrative medicine


Carmen R. Green received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan-Flint and received a M.D. from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) National Honor Medical Society. After completing an internship in Internal Medicine, Dr. Green completed a residency in Anesthesiology, subspecialty training in Ambulatory and Obstetrical Anesthesiology, and a fellowship in Pain Medicine at the University of Michigan. She completed the Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) Health Services Research Institute fellowship, the National Institute of Aging's Summer Research Institute fellowship, Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program, Mayday Pain & Society fellowship, and the Institute of Medicine (IOM)/Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellowship (where she was also a health policy fellow with the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Children and Families Subcommittee).

Dr. Green is Associate Vice President and Associate Dean for Health Equity and Inclusion for the University of Michigan Health System, a tenured Professor of Anesthesiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Health Management and Policy as well as an attending physician in the Back and Pain Care Center, a principal investigator for the Michigan Pain Outcomes Study Team (M-POST), a faculty associate in the Program for Research on Black Americans Research Center for Group Dynamics at the Institute for Social Research, and a faculty member of the Depression Center and Cancer Center. She is Co-Director for the Dissemination and Health Policy Core and Community Liaison Core and Director of the Healthier Black Elders Center for the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research. Formerly, she was the Medical Director for the Acute Pain Service, founding Chair of the Pain Management Steering Committee (institutional lead for pain), Chair of the Medical Affairs Advisory Committee to the Executive Vice-President for Medical Affairs, Director of Pain Medicine Research for the Department of Anesthesiology, and Director of the Health Disparities Research Program for the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research. She served on the American Society of Anesthesiologists' Committee on Pain Management, as faculty for both the AAMC's Junior Women and Minority Faculty Career Development Seminars, the ASA Committee on Professional Diversity, ASA Committee on Practice Parameters, and Task Force for updating Practice Guidelines for Acute Pain Management in the Perioperative Setting. She is an active member of several scientific organizations, founding chair for the American Pain Society’s Special Interest Group for Pain and Disparities, serves on the editorial board for Pain Medicine and the Journal of Pain, and was the guest editor for Pain Medicine’s first special issue on disparities in pain care.

Dr. Green has received several honors including Employee of the Year for the UMHS, Woman of Color of the Year for Human Relations, Consumer Checkbook’s Top 100 Doctors, Who’s Who in America, America’s Top Doctor, Top Anesthesiologist, the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award, John C. Liebeskind Pain Management Research Award, Elizabeth Narcessian Award for Outstanding Educational Achievements, and was selected a Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research Visiting Scholar at the Native Elder Research Center. Dr. Green was an invited participant to the Rockefeller Center Foundation's Bellagio Conference in Bellagio, Italy. She is on the IOM’s Health Care Services Board, Governor’s Pain and Symptom Advisory Committee, Secretary of Health and Human Services Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, NIH’s National Center for Medical Rehabilitation and Research, NIH’s Eunice Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, and was a member of the Mayday Special Committee on Pain and the Practice of Medicine, is an elected member of the Association of University Anesthesiologists, a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Green’s research focuses on pain management outcomes, physician decision-making, and access to care – and has documented disparities due to age, race, gender, and class across the lifespan. She has helped to develop and diversify the health professional pipeline including service on faculty and advisory boards for programs designed to achieve a critical mass of minorities and women in biomedical science. She has spoken widely on health and pain care disparities; physician variability in decision-making; and health policy.