Dr. Glenn Green is a clinical professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Michigan. After graduating in chemical engineering, he entered medical school at the University of Michigan. He completed an NIH-supported research fellowship followed by a subspecialty fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology.
Dr. Green has developed surgical techniques and devices for complex airway reconstruction and is coinventor (along with Scott Hollister, Ph.D.) of a 3D-printed tracheal splint. Other patents in process include 3D-printed scaffolds for facial reconstruction of auricular and nose defects, 3D-printed customized devices to treat airway obstruction in children with craniofacial defects and/or neurologic diseases and the use of antioxidants to prevent syndromic hearing loss. He was part of the surgical team that successfully placed the first splint in an infant that had immediately life-threatening bronchomalacia under FDA provisions for emergency use.
He is the director of ongoing translational trials of 3D-printed devices in both humans and animals; and ongoing translation trials of antioxidants for hearing loss. He has won several awards ranging from the Kodak Valuable Idea Award (as an undergraduate student) to the Innovation Award from Popular Mechanics (2013 Breakthrough Awards, New York City). He has over 50 publications related to both his clinical and his research work including the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Genetics, and JAMA. He has been widely featured including Scientific American, the New York Times, Forbes and Good Housekeeping. He has been an invited speaker at TEDX talks and MakerFaire in Rome. His constructs are on featured display at the British Science Museum in London.
His current work focuses on overcoming the barriers to implementing new discoveries and techniques into clinical practice. This includes technological progress in 3D-printed constructs, defining the benefits of this technology to obtain approval from insurance companies and other gatekeepers, and working with the FDA to identify regulatory mechanisms for this technology.
Areas of Interest
Dr. Glenn Green's research interests include translational interventions in complex communications disorders involving speech and hearing. More specifically, complex airway reconstruction and speech development, genetic basis for complex syndromal disorders involving speech and hearing, intervention trials and devices for airway improvement, speech, hearing, and genetic basis of deafness and utility of genetic testing.
Dr. Green has a clinical interest in translational interventions for communication disorders affecting speech and hearing.
Honors & Awards
1982-1987 Full-tuition academic scholarship
1983-1987 Key Industry scholarships
1986 Kodak Valuable Idea Award
1988 Summer Research Fellowship, University of Michigan Medical School
1993 Neuroscience Travel Award
1995-1998 NIH Fellow (Training Grant)
1995 & 1996 ARO Travel Awards
2001 Vice President’s Award for Research, American Academy of Otolaryngology
2008 Hour Magazine – Top Doctors [only pediatric otolaryngologist named]
2008 Frank N. Ritter Award (granted annually for best teacher in otolaryngology)
2011 State of the Health System, featured physician
2012 Michigan Otolaryngology Society Award Program, first place, mentor
2012 Medical Innovation Center, Pediatric Inventor of the Year Award (with SJ Hollister)
2012 “You Make the Difference” Gold Level Award. University of Michigan
2013 Potsic Award (ASPO first prize basic science award) mentor
2013 Innovation Award, Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards (10/22/13, Manhattan, NY) (with SJ Hollister)
2013 Michigan Otolaryngology Society Award Program, third place, mentor
2013 MichBio Innovator of the Year Award (with SJ Hollister)
2013 DOTY award (M-Live Media Group)
2013 Exhibition, 3D-Printing the Future (British Science Museum, London)
2014 The CNN 10: Healing the Future (voted first)
2014 Mimics Innovation Award (first place, North and South America)
2014 BioSocial Collaboration Award
2015 Marquis Who’s Who in America
3D printing fuels U-M efforts to rapidly increase ventilator capacity while providing each patient on vent support with individually tailored gas pressures and pressure monitoring.
A new agreement opens the door for groundbreaking, 3D-printed technology that saved four babies' lives to help more children.
In his 18 months of life, Garrett Peterson has never gone home, spending his days in hospital beds tethered to ventilators that even at the highest settings couldn’t prevent his breathing from periodically stopping.
Medical School or Training
- University of Michigan Medical School, 1991
- Wayne State University School of Medicine, Otolaryngology, 1997
- University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Pediatric Otolaryngology, 2000
- Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery