William H. Greene
Dr. William H. Greene is a founding Member of OR Dx + Rx: Solutions for Surgical Safety and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) at the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine.
Dr. Greene has devoted his career to preventing patients from experiencing unexpected adverse events, initially hospital-acquired infections among cancer patients, as a Clinical Associate at the National Cancer Institute, and subsequently for all patients as Hospital Epidemiologist and Director of Infection Control at Yale-New Haven Hospital and then at SUNY Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH). This extended to safety programs for all preventable adverse events when he became the SBUH Associate Medical Director for Quality Management and Chair of the Medical Staff Quality Assurance Committee, and broadened even further in 2008 when he became Chief Quality Officer at Stony Brook, where he led the hospital’s Division of Clinical Quality and Safety, with responsibility for the Departments of Continuous Quality Improvement, Clinical Analytics, Hospital Epidemiology, Nursing Quality Management and Patient Safety/ Regulatory Affairs.
While Dr. Greene was in these varied roles, SBUH earned multiple national, state and local awards for performance improvement in decreasing hospital-associated adverse events and achieving high reliability in patient care. He regularly reported on clinical quality and patient safety on behalf of SBUH to the Quality Committee of the SUNY Board of Trustees. Dr. Greene also has extensive experience as a senior executive and medical leader with national and state regulatory agency surveys and visits.
In 2012, Dr. Greene joined MCIC-Vermont, LLC, a captive malpractice insurance risk retention group, as their first Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Loss Prevention. While at MCIC-Vermont, Dr. Greene initiated a multi-institution clinical improvement project to decrease claims associated with surgical procedures, encompassing those involving surgeons, anesthesiology services and OR nursing. Collectively, these initiatives were designed to reduce annual claims across the MCIC consortium that included New York Presbyterian, Yale-New Haven, Strong Memorial (Rochester) and Johns Hopkins Hospitals as well as their respective medical schools and hospital and ambulatory affiliates.
Dr. Greene received his B.A. at Yale College and his M.D. from State University of NewYork, Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Greene trained at Yale New Haven Hospital in Internal Medicine, and as a Fellow in Infectious Diseases. He has presented and published extensively on the management of infections in the immunocompromised host and on clinical trials of anti-infective therapy and, more recently, on performance improvement and patient safety. He is a Fellow of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Dr. Greene was a member of the former Executive Quality Leader Network of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and of the CQO Council of the University HealthSystem Consortium (now Vizient). He is also a member of the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management and a Quality Adviser member of the Statewide Quality Committee of the Hospital Association of New York State (HANYS).
Dr. Greene and his wife Roanne very much enjoy the opportunities associated with living near New York City, in particular the American Ballet Theater and the New York Philharmonic, several of its museums, and enjoy seeing plays on and off Broadway. Most of all, they love to spend time with Bill’s three children and five grandchildren and Roanne’s son and his fiancée.