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James A. Greene, [link removed], a native of rural Sneedville, Tennessee, has dedicated his life’s work to geriatric psychiatry. His professional career spans 50 years, including 40 years in active clinical practice or academic teaching and over 30 years in geriatric psychiatry.
“I always had a strong interest in working with families, either primary care or psychiatry,” says Dr. Greene. “I wanted to focus on building relationships and talking to folks.”
Dr. Greene founded his first company, Geriatric Medical Care (GMC), in 1992. GMC focused on the management of geriatric inpatient and outpatient care programs. During Dr. Greene’s tenure, GMC gained national attention and became the 5th largest behavioral health contract management firm before being acquired in 1997.
With his enduring desire to impact as many people as possible, Dr. Greene founded Psychiatric Medical Care (PMC) in 2003. By this time, he was named interim Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He became permanent Chair in 2008.
Today, in addition to this ongoing high-profile role at UT, Dr. Greene continues to provide ongoing consultation to the PMC executive leadership team and serves as serves as the organization’s Chief Medical Officer.
Though Dr. Greene moved several times during his career, his heart remained in the heartland. “If you grow up as I did in a rural community, you wind up having to develop a different kind of relationship with those around you. People are bonded together for protection, for access. You’re very connected and close with people in the neighborhood and the community. You can take the person away from the rural culture, but you can’t take that culture away from them.”
His steadfast commitment to country living remains the cornerstone of PMC’s focus. “We provide behavioral health access to patients in need,” explains Dr. Greene. “We partner with facilities across the country to bring behavior healthcare to communities that otherwise would have no access to this kind of care.”
Dr. Greene’s son, John Robert “[link removed]” Greene, is the Chief Executive Officer of Psychiatric Medical Care. Having already made his mark at Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, and Revlon., [link removed]