J. Cliff Green, M.D.

Work experience/areas of interest:

J. Cliff Green, M.D.Cliff Green, M.D. SymbolMy journey in Psychiatry, one that has been endlessly rewarding, began with a residency at The Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, Kansas.  After residency, I was Chief of Psychiatry at Forbes Air Force base in Topeka and Instructor in the Menninger School of Psychiatry where I supervised Menninger Residents who rotated to our service. As Chief of Psychiatry, I evaluated pilots who flew nuclear weapons and Airmen who worked in the Missile Silos. I testified at Court Marshals and Disciplinary Hearings and that experience led to  a lifelong interest in the forensic aspects of psychiatry. In keeping with that interest, I have testified in a number of trials and currently lecture to residents on legal topics relating to psychiatry.

My next career stop was Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. It was a 150 bed, private, psychiatric hospital owned by Duke University. We saw patients from the Southeastern part of the US who had not done well in their community hospitals. I became an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Duke, Clinical Director of Highland Hospital and Consultant to the Medical Director of Broughton State Hospital.

Current clinical work:

Dr. J Cliff Green's OfficeI then moved to Spokane and began practice with a brother who is a Psychiatrist and another brother who is a Psychologist. I helped with the design of Sacred Heart’s Psychiatric Unit, served for a time as Interim Director, admitted patients to the unit and have done consultations for other physicians at all of our Spokane Hospitals. I was Medical Director of Pinecrest Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital in Coeur ‘d Alene, ID. I currently have a private office practice and am a Courtesy Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Washington.

For a number of years, I worked with one of the best known Short-Term psychotherapists, Habib Davanloo, M.D., a Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University Medical School in Montreal, Quebec. I served as a Board member of the American Institute for Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy and was on the Editorial Board of The International Journal of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.

In keeping with that experience, I teach psychotherapy in our Residency and supervise psychiatric residents in their work with patients .