Alumni in the News – Charles C. Greene, M.D., Ph.D.

December 20, 2016

charles-greeneCharles C. Greene M.D. Ph.D., has been recognized as a 2016 Health Care Hero by the Jacksonville Business Journal.  Dr. Greene obtained a B.S. from the School of Biological Sciences in 1984 before pursuing a career as an Otolaryngology head and neck surgeon.

Dr. Greene graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pius X High School (now St. Pius X / St. Matthias Academy) in Downey, California, before attending UCI.  While at UCI, Dr. Greene was an excellent scholar and an active participant in several student organizations, including serving as President of the Black Students in Sciences Organization.  He, like many former Biological Sciences School students, worked as an undergraduate researcher, taking advantage of the opportunities offered by attending a prestigious research university.  As an undergraduate researcher, Dr. Greene worked in the laboratories of Professor Harold W. Moore (Chemistry) and School of Biological Sciences founding Professor James L. McGaugh (Neurobiology and Behavior, Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory), both of which were instrumental in his development while at UCI.

“UCI was an excellent institution to receive training in the Biological Sciences.  While my time at UCI helped me gain confidence in my deductive reasoning, it also taught me humility, and I am very thankful for that.”

After completing his B.S., Dr. Greene went on to earn both a medical degree and doctorate in Physiology and Biophysics, from the University of Washington School of Medicine.  During his post-graduate residency training at the University of Michigan, he received honors for his research identifying a novel gene responsible for a type of hereditary hearing impairment.  Once he completed his residency at the University of Michigan, he moved to Florida.  Currently, Dr. Greene serves as Founder and President of Jacksonville ENT Surgery (JENTS), Florida.  He founded JENTS in May 2002, which has since grown to include 5 locations in North Florida and the greater Jacksonville area.

In addition to his position as President of JENTS, Dr. Greene has dedicated himself to volunteer work in his local community.  He sits on a number of boards, including the board of directors for “We Care,” a volunteer organization of healthcare professionals and local church groups that provides care to the uninsured, the homeless and the medically underserved of Jacksonville.

When asked what advice he would give to current students, he said “While attending UCI, remember that along with receiving an education, you must take this time to figure out your purpose in life.  The university has many resources to help you achieve that purpose and to become future leaders in our society.”