Robert Green

2008 Will Ross Medal Recipient

If there were ever a volunteer who exemplified leadership, character, and dedication to the American Lung Association it is Robert A. Green, M.D.  Since 1948, Dr. Green has worked tirelessly to fight lung disease and promote lung health through his efforts in education, community service and research.  For over 20 years, Dr. Green was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association of Michigan, serving as President from 1992 – 1994 and served on the American Lung Association National Board of Directors from 1999 – 2006.  He completed his Board tenure as Vice-Chair.

Dr. Green's primary passion throughout his storied career remained the fight against tuberculosis.  As a clinician, Dr. Green became a leading authority on tuberculosis, writing over two dozen articles published in scientific journals and book chapters on Respiratory Systems and Diseases of the Pleura that appeared in several editions of medical school reference and text books.  He was a pioneer in utilizing television as a learning medium, creating a chest physical examination demonstration tape in 1965 and hosting two educational television series, "Take as Directed" and "Why Drugs Now" in 1970 and 1971.  He has been an active member of the Michigan Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Tuberculosis (MI-ACET) since its beginning in 1990 and served as the group's chairman from 1992 – 1998.  Dr. Green led the committee in its development of the recommendations for the elimination of tuberculosis, which remain a much used resource for health care professionals in Michigan.  He has served on numerous other county, state and national advisory committees on tuberculosis.

Dr. Green served as professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan from 1970 – 1995 and also served as an assistant and associate dean at the University of Michigan Medical School.  He has held many positions and appointments at various medical institutions during his career including Chief of Pulmonary Diseases at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Ann Arbor Michigan from 1958 - 1972 . 

Dr. Green has been as an active member of both the Michigan Thoracic Society, where he served as President from 1968 – 1969, as well as of the American Thoracic Society (ATS).  He served on the ATS Council of Chapter Representatives from 1980 – 1985 and on many ATS committees including as Chair of the Committee on Diagnostic Standards in Respiratory Disease from 1967 – 1970, and the Steering, Education and Nominating and Postgraduate Education committees.  He received the Michigan Thoracic Society's most prestigious Bruce Douglas Award in 1978. 

The American Lung Association is proud to honor his dedication and commitment to its mission by bestowing him with the 2008 Will Ross Medal.  Established in 1952, the Will Ross Medal is the most prestigious award given by the Lung Association to volunteers who have made a significant contribution to the prevention and control of lung disease. Will Ross was a former tuberculosis patient and one of the Association's most dedicated volunteers who served as its first non-medical President.  The award commemorates his distinguished leadership in the voluntary TB control movement.