Charles Greene, MD, PhD, is a board-certified otolaryngology-head and neck surgeon at Jacksonville ENT Surgery, with three locations in Jacksonville and another in Lake City, Florida.
Reared in the rough inner-city area of Compton, California, Dr. Greene overcame many early challenges in life. He earned his Bachelor of Science in biological sciences at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where he received numerous awards, was involved in student government, and held positions in local and national health care organizations.
At UCI, Dr. Greene performed research in behavioral neuropharmacology under the direction of Dr. James L. McGaugh. Dr. Greene simultaneously performed research with H.W. Moore, chairman of the Department of Chemistry at UCI. Under the direction of these great men, Dr. Greene developed an interest in becoming a physician-scientist.
He enrolled in the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and was admitted into the very competitive Medical Scientist Training Program, where he worked, simultaneously, on his MD and PhD degrees in physiology and biophysics with an emphasis in neurophysiology. Dr. Greene excelled at the University of Washington and received numerous awards, including the Outstanding and Meritorious Service and Achievement in Academic Excellence.
At the University of Washington, Dr. Greene performed his dissertation under Dr. Wayne E. Crill, one of the preeminent neuroscientists in the country. Dr. Greene's brain research examined the effects of activating a new class of brain receptors and was published in the Journal of Neurophysiology and in the European Journal of Pharmacology.
After graduating, Dr. Greene received his residency training in general surgery and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Michigan. While there, his research led to the discovery of a novel hearing loss gene (locus), DFNA-25, and that work is published in the 2001 edition of the American Journal of Human Genetics.
Dr. Greene's combination of scientific thinking, commitment to the community, and training under the guidance of world-renowned mentors has helped him develop into an outstanding clinician. Yet, if asked what he values most about patient care, he will say it is knowing that he did his very best to meet the emotional and physical needs of every patient.