Faculty Scholars Program

Jeremy A. Greene, MD, PhD

Class of 2018
  • William H. Welch Professor of Medicine and the History of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Scholar Project

Jeremy A. Greene, MD, PhD is William H. Welch Professor and Director of the Department of the History of Medicine and Director of the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is currently finishing a book project titled The Electronic Patient: Medicine and the Challenge of New Media, based on research conducted as a Greenwall Foundation Faculty Fellow. This work, along with ongoing research for publications in clinical, social science, and health policy journals, uses historical analysis to reframe our understanding of the rapid embrace of new digital media in healthcare today, from the electronic medical record to the use of wearable technologies, Big Data, and clinical algorithms in everyday life.

Dr. Greene’s research into the history and structure of the pharmaceutical industry was the subject of two earlier books: Prescribing by Numbers: Drugs and the Definition of Disease, which won the Rachel Carson Prize from the Society for Social Studies of Science, and Generic: The Unbranding of Modern Medicine, as well as a series of edited volumes on the social sciences of pharmaceuticals. This work has led to a series of policy engagements on the rising price of older drugs on state and federal levels, including testifying to the Maryland Senate and Assembly, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and in public hearings at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Dr. Greene continues to consult to several state governments working to develop new policies to ensure the continued availability of affordable essential medicines.

Dr. Greene is a practicing internist at the East Baltimore Medical Center, a community health center affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, and is a member of the American College of Physicians and was recently elected a Full Member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society.

For more information, visit: https://www.hopkinshistoryofmedicine.org/content/jeremy-greene

Medicine At A Distance: The Recurring Ethical Challenge of Telemedicine

Grant Cycle: 2014 - 2015

Dr. Greene’s project examines how changing expectations of instantaneous communications through electric, electronic, and digital media transformed the nature of medical knowledge. Most histories of medical technology focus on heroic diagnostic and therapeutic innovations—like X-rays and artificial hearts—which stand as visible symbols of medical modernity. Dr. Greene’s research is focused on recapturing how more mundane technologies of communication enabled and altered new medical practices, from telegraph to text pager, telephone to telemedicine, fax machine to Facebook.


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