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Research interests

Dr. Michael Green joined the faculty of Penn State College of Medicine in 1996. His research has focused on decision-making, bioethics and communication, and has received funding through the NIH, the American Cancer Society and several foundations.

Most recently, Dr. Green’s research has focused on helping patients and their family members make informed decisions at the end-of-life. Together with long-time collaborator Dr. Benjamin Levi, Dr. Green is the co-creator of “Making Your Wishes Known,” an interactive computer-based decision aid that helps individuals be better prepared to make medical decisions when they can no longer speak for themselves. In diverse populations and settings, this decision aid has been shown to reliably and accurately represent patients’ wishes for life-sustaining care, to help physicians more accurately predict what patients would want, and to increase concordance between what spokespersons would choose on behalf of patients and what patients say they would actually want.

Dr. Green also is a pioneer in the use of comics in medical education. He helped establish the field of “Graphic Medicine” and has published landmark articles on the topic as well as being one of the authors of the Graphic Medicine Manifesto from Penn State University Press. He is guest editor of the Graphic Medicine section of the Annals of Internal Medicine, and he teaches a course on Comics and Medicine to 4th-year medical students, whose comics can be viewed online.

In the area of professionalism and medical training, Dr. Green has authored several important articles on truth-telling, professional identify formation, informed consent and communication, and is co-author of the book Breaking the Cycle: How to Turn Conflict into Collaboration When You and Your Patients Disagree from ACP Press.

Clinical interests

In addition to his research interests, Dr. Michael Green is a physician and bioethicist. He is Chair of the Hershey Medical Center’s Ethics Committee, Director of the Program in Bioethics and cares for patients in the primary care setting.

Education/Academic qualification

General Internal Medicine and Bioethics, Fellowship, University of Wisconsin - Madison

19931995

Clinical Medical Ethics, Fellowship, University of Chicago

19921993

Internal Medicine, Residency, Northwestern University

19891992

MD, University of Illinois

19831988

MS, University of Illinois

19831987

BS, University of Illinois

19791983

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Projects 1995 2020

Preparing Family Caregivers of Very Ill Patients for End-of-Life Decision Making

Green, M. & Levi, B. H.

National Institutes of Health

9/27/126/30/20

Project: Research projectResearch Project

Advance Care Planning
Decision Making
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A Computer-Based Decision Aid for Advance Care Planning

Green, M.

National Institutes of Health

8/1/037/31/07

Project: Research projectExploratory/Developmental Grants

Advance Care Planning
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COMPUTER EDUCATION FOR BREAST CANCER GENETIC TESTING

Green, M.

National Institutes of Health

9/30/998/31/03

Project: Research projectResearch Project

CD-ROM
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BREAST CANCER GENE EDUCATION--COMPUTER VS PRACTITIONER

Green, M.

National Institutes of Health

9/30/959/29/98

Project: Research projectSmall Research Grants

Neoplasm Genes
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Research Output 1995 2018

Advance Care Planning
Terminal Care
Randomized Controlled Trials
Research
Research Personnel
1 Citations

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Strategies to Improve Family Members’ Preparedness for Surrogate Decision-Making

Green, M., Van Scoy, L., Foy, A., Stewart, R. R., Sampath, R., Schubart, J. R., Lehman, E. B., Dimmock, A. E. F., Bucher, A. M., Lehmann, L. S., Harlow, A. F., Yang, C. & Levi, B., Jun 1 2018, In : American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 35, 6, p. 866-874 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Advance Care Planning
Decision Making
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Self Efficacy
Advance Directives
1 Citations

End-of-Life Conversation Game Increases Confidence for Having End-of-Life Conversations for Chaplains-in-Training

Van Scoy, L., Watson-Martin, E., Bohr, T. A., Levi, B. & Green, M., Apr 1 2018, In : American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 35, 4, p. 592-600 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Clergy
Shyness
Nonparametric Statistics
Sample Size
Inpatients

Evaluating the benefits of hospital room artwork for patients receiving cancer treatment: A randomized controlled trial

George, D. R., de Boer, C., Hammer, J., Hopkins, M., King, T. & Green, M. J., Aug 1 2018, In : Journal of Hospital Medicine. 13, 8, p. 558-561 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Patients' Rooms
Paintings
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Family Caregivers’ Characterization of Conversations Following an ACP Event

Schubart, J. R., Reading, J. M., Penrod, J., Stewart, R. R., Sampath, R., Lehmann, L. S., Levi, B. H. & Green, M. J., Sep 1 2018, In : American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 35, 9, p. 1161-1167 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Advance Care Planning
Caregivers
Communication
Quality of Life
Advance Directives