Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is a pediatrician in private practice, committed to giving extraordinary care to his patients. In addition, his mission includes improving the health of people around the world, focusing on children.

In 1995, he launched DrGreene.com, cited by the AMA as "the pioneer physician Web site". His award-winning site has received over 100 million Unique Users from parents, concerned family members, students, and healthcare professionals.


Dr. Greene is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of California at San Francisco. Upon completion of his pediatric residency program at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Northern California he served as Chief Resident. He entered primary care pediatrics in January 1993.

Non-Profit Work

In 2010 Dr. Greene founded the WhiteOut Movement to change how babies in the United States are fed. In 2012 he founded TICC TOCC - Transitioning Immediate Cord Clamping To Optimal Cord Care.

Dr. Greene is the Founding President of the Society for Participatory Medicine and has served as both President and Board Chair of Hi-Ethics (Health Internet Ethics). He is on the Board of Directors for One Heart World WideEat Real and The Lundberg Institute. Dr. Greene is the Past President of The Organic Center and a past Member of the Board of Directors of Healthy Child Healthy World. He is a founding partner of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment. He has also served as an advisor to URAC for both their inaugural and their updated health web site accreditation program. He is a founding member of the e-Patient Scholars Working Group, and a founding board member of the Center for Information Therapy.


Dr. Greene is the author of Feeding Baby Green (Wiley, 2009), Raising Baby Green (Wiley, 2007), From First Kicks to First Steps (McGraw-Hill, 2004), The Parent's Complete Guide to Ear Infections (People's Medical Society, 1997), and a co-author of The A.D.A.M. Illustrated Family Health Guide (A.D.A.M., Inc., 2004). He is the medical expert for three additional books, The Parent's Soup A-to-Z Guide to Your New Baby, (Contemporary Books, 1998) The Parent's Soup A-to-Z Guide to Your Toddler, (Contemporary Books, 1999), and The Mother of All Baby Books, (Hungry Minds, Inc., 2002).

Public Speaking

Dr. Greene is a frequent keynote speaker at important events such as TEDx Berkeley, TEDx Brussels, Health 2.0, IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements), held in Modena, Happiness and It's Causes, held in Sydney, the first European Internet health conference, held in Maastricht, the first International eHealth Association Conference, held in Jeddah, the largest e-Healthcare World Conference, held in Las Vegas, and the first Green Power Baby Shower, held in Hollywood.


Dr. Greene appears frequently on TV, radio, websites, and in newspapers and magazines around the world, including such venues as the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, The Dr. Oz Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC network news, NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time Magazine, Parade, Parents, Child, Baby Talk, Working Mother, Better Home's & Gardens, and the Reader's Digest.

Dr. Greene is the Pediatric Expert for The People's Pharmacy (as heard on many NPR stations) and Healing Quest (seen on many PBS stations). He was the original Pediatric Expert for both Yahoo! and iVillage and was a regular columnist for Parenting Magazine for several years.


Dr. Greene loves to think about challenging ideas, he enjoys being where nothing man made can be seen, and he wears green socks.



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Blog Posts by Dr. Alan Greene

    April 2, 1996
    Sleep Patterns

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: For most of us, adult and child alike, there are a few reasons for occasional sleeplessness. In adults, it is most often linked to physical illness, stress, excitement, or e…

    Ear Tubes
    April 1, 1996
    Ear Tubes

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: To have a specialist suggest surgery for your son must have felt quite mixed: Finally, a light appears at the end of the antibiotic-tunnel! Hope for uninterrupted sleep! But…

    Antibacterial Soaps
    March 30, 1996
    Antibacterial Soaps

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: In the Journal of Hospital Infections, June 1995, researchers from Georgetown University declared that handwashing remains sporadic and ineffective in all health care settin…

    March 29, 1996
    Tips for Helping Young Children Deal with Temporary Separations

    Dr. Greene’s tips on helping children handle temporary separations: From the time that we begin to let ourselves believe that a positive pregnancy test could actually mean that we are going to b…

    Temporary Separations
    March 29, 1996
    Temporary Separations

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: From the time that we begin to let ourselves believe that a positive pregnancy test could actually mean that we are going to be parents, or we receive that first darling pho…

    March 28, 1996
    Pigeon Toed

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Gravity and muscle-use patterns sculpt our bodies over time. Most children begin life with moderate in-toeing. When a child begins walking, both the femur (the large bone in…

    Image of boy holding his feet. Can you catch Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Syndrome twice?
    March 27, 1996
    Can you Catch Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease Twice?

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: The incredible human body is equipped with an immune system that staggers the imagination. In ages past, explorers charted thrilling new lands. Today, one of the most exciti…

    Alternative Bedwetting Prevention
    March 26, 1996
    Alternative Bedwetting Prevention

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Star charts prove very beneficial to some children, used either alone or with a bed-wetting alarm. As you know from experience, you wake up more easily when the day holds pr…

    Bed-Wetting Alarms
    March 26, 1996
    Bedwetting Alarms

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: How frustrating! His sleeping through the alarm, though, is a sign that treatments aimed at making it easier for him to wake up are likely to be particularly effective for h…

    Antibiotics and Ear Infections
    March 25, 1996
    Antibiotics and Ear Infections

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Most children with ear infections do not need antibiotics; some do. In acute ear infections, antibiotics do tend to decrease ear pain and speed healing by a day or two. Howe…

    Fused Vagina
    March 22, 1996
    Fused Vagina

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: By far the most common form of vaginal obstruction in little girls is fusion of the labia minora as a result of labial adhesions. This can also be referred to as a fused vag…

    March 22, 1996
    What Are Labial Adhesions?

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: By far the most common form of vaginal obstruction in little girls is fusion of the labia minora as a result of labial adhesions. These are typically diagnosed in girls from…

    March 20, 1996
    When Croup Symptoms Don’t Respond To Treatment

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: With croup symptoms that show no sign of improvement after 5 days of prelone, it’s time to think of other possible causes — especially with an unidentified somet…

    March 20, 1996
    What is Croup?

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: The word croup comes from an old Germanic word for the voice box. Today, croup, or laryngotracheobronchitis, refers to swelling centered at the larynx or vocal cords. It is …

    March 20, 1996
    RSV and Croup

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: Picture this scene: A couple is spending a quiet evening at home with their one-year-old daughter, who has had a bit of a cold. At about 8 o’clock she begins coughing —…

    Teenage boy with solemn look on his face in an outdoor setting. Choosing faith.
    March 18, 1996
    Choosing Faith

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: When children reach their teen years, they are certain that they know more than their parents. Sometimes that’s hard to take, especially when we look back through the …

    March 15, 1996
    What is RSV?

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: RSV, or Respiratory Syncytial Virus, is the most important respiratory organism of early childhood. It occurs throughout the world, and in each location it tends to occur i…

    Fast Facts about RSV
    March 15, 1996
    Fast Facts about RSV

    RSV, or Respiratory Syncytial Virus, is the most important respiratory organism of early childhood. RSV occurs throughout the world, and in each location it tends to occur in yearly winter outbreaks. …

    When Baby Won't Go To Sleep On Her Own
    March 14, 1996
    Dr. Greene’s Method for Getting Baby to Sleep Through the Night

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Your darling daughter has worked her magic on your heart. Her smiles delight you, but oh, the despair that comes with her incessant crying. Hearing her cry, much less scream…

    Unusual Breath Odors and What They Mean
    March 13, 1996
    Unusual Breath Odors & What They Mean

    Unusual breath odors are common in kids. Typically there isn’t anything to worry about, but there are some breath odors that indicate an underlying problem. In children smelly breath that persi…