Gretchen Green

NHD 1990, 1991, 1992

Where do you currently live?
North Carolina

What is your current occupation?

What school did you attend while participating in NHD?
Illinois Math and Science Academy, Aurora, IL

What college did you attend?
Brown University. Sc.B. Neuroscience, Masters of Medical Science, Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Who were your teachers?
Bernie Hollister and Ken Guest

What years and in what category did you participate in NHD?
1990-1992 (3 years), written paper

What are a few of your favorite or defining moments from your NHD experience?
Seeing the diversity of exhibits from all over the country

How did NHD help you after high school?
NHD helped set in motion what is now a 25+ year continued interest in the history of medicine. I obtained a master’s degree in the history of medicine and continue to research and lecture nationally on women in medicine and the history of women’s medical care. I now serve as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Women’s History Museum. History puts my clinical medical practice in perspective and enhances my communication of patients within the highly technical field of diagnostic radiology.

What recognition did you receive for participating in NHD?
2nd place, National History Day (paper division) – 1990. Special recognition by the American Medical Women’s Association in 1992 for research on the organization’s founding in 1915. 1991 Illinois Student Historian of the Year. Numerous Chicago Metro History Fair awards (including Student Service Award and Women’s History Award). Publication: Green G. Chicago’s Petticoat Surgeon, Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen. Illinois History 44 (Oct 1990): 1-3.

Did you do anything with your NHD project or research after the contest year?
1996 Green G. Chicago’s Petticoat Surgeon: Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen.
American Medical Women’s Association National Meeting, Boston, MA.

1997 Green G. Professionalization and Twilight Sleep: Women Physicians’ Changing Roles in Obstetrics. American Medical Women’s Association National Meeting, Chicago, IL.

1997 Green G. How German was American Twilight Sleep?
American Association for the History of Medicine. Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, VA.

2003 Speaker
American Medical Association (Medical Student Section)
Women’s Caucus, Interim Meeting (Honolulu, HI)
Panel on professional development of women physicians during residency.

2006 Green G. Past Tense, Future Tension.
American Medical Association Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.

2007 Green G. Twilight Sleep.
Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Grand Rounds

2013 Green G. History: A Key Component in the Science of Seeing Patients
National History Day, Welcome Ceremony
University of Maryland, Silver Springs, MD

2015 Green G. AMWA 1915 and 2015: A Century of Fellowship for Female Physicians.
American Medical Women’s Association
100th Anniversary Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL

2012 National History Day
Judge: Websites, Junior group division

What has kept you busy since your days as an NHD student? Any particular challenges, stories, or achievements?
I’ve been in clinical practice in diagnostic radiology for 10 years, having completed residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and fellowship in women’s imaging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I always think back to the pioneering women physicians I learned about while researching my NHD paper on Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen, founder and first president of the American Medical Women’s Association, who helped build the foundation for the work I do today.

As co-chair of the caucus representing 50,000+ women physician members of the American Medical Association (AMA), I solicited and integrated opinions from diverse medical specialty representatives, to inform the policy-making process of the AMA. While serving on the Governing Council of the AMA Women Physicians Congress, I achieved a modification to existing AMA policy to help cover mammography reimbursement for breast cancer patients.

I lecture nationally on women’s imaging topics as well as the history of women in medicine, and have co-authored two acclaimed medical textbooks on breast imaging with colleagues at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. My history of medicine research continues to focus on development of childbirth anesthesia at the turn of the 20th century, and 100 years of evolution of medical care from the home to hospital.