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.

Education

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. 

Publications

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.

Media

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.

Personal

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

    Cold Air and Colds
    April 11, 1996
    Cold Air and Colds

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: For generations, parental wisdom has held that cold air is not good for children’s respiratory systems. In particular, cold air has been thought to cause colds (thus t…

    Breast Infections
    April 10, 1996
    Breast Infections

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: First of all, may I say that I applaud your efforts to continue nursing your baby, even when it is painful. Nursing has a powerful, positive impact on a baby’s health.…

    Treating Impetigo
    April 9, 1996
    Treating Impetigo

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: In those last precious moments that Sean was inside you, before labor began, his skin was pure and unspoiled, untouched by any bacteria, protected by your womb. As he entere…

    April 9, 1996
    What is Impetigo?

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: The two major types of bacterial skin infections are folliculitis and impetigo. Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles. Impetigo is a superficial infection of th…

    When Time Away From Baby Can’t Be Avoided - Follow Up
    April 5, 1996
    When Time Away From Baby Can’t Be Avoided – Follow Up

    Several of our readers have expressed concern for Nancy Cefalu and her family. We received a letter from her and are reprinting it with her permission . . . (more…)…

    Are they really my parents?
    April 4, 1996
    Are they really my parents?

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Genetics can be so confusing! I can easily see how after much research the issue about your parents would still appear murky. The modern science of genetics had its start in…

    Blood Types 101: An Introduction to ABO Blood Types and the Rh System
    April 4, 1996
    Blood Types 101: An Introduction to ABO Blood Types and the Rh System

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Genetics can be so confusing! I can see how the issue may appear murky. Because blood tests are common many people have questions about the genetic information found in the…

    Two kids. One with gray hair. Children Gray Hair
    April 3, 1996
    Children and Gray Hair

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Hair color is produced by tiny cells called melanocytes that live within the hair follicles. In the course of a lifetime, the activity of the melanocytes in each follicle be…

    Learning To Fall Back To Sleep
    April 2, 1996
    Learning To Fall Back To Sleep

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: It is so rewarding to rock our little ones to sleep. The feeling of closeness we get from holding them in our arms as they drift off is, for many parents, the pot of gold at…

    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…