“There are key moments in life that help define who you are and change your trajectory. Having your first child, is one of those moments where you are instantly and forever “Mom.” Seeing my first congenital repair was one of those moments where I found what I wanted to do in this world. I’ve spent the last sixteen years pursuing that goal. It has been incredibly rewarding, challenging and heartbreaking. It is what I am meant to do, and I am so grateful that I had people along the way like Craig Baker, Vaughn Starnes, Joe Woo, Ram Emani and Pedro del Nido who encouraged my ambition and passion.
I am just emerging from training, but at this juncture my advice to future trainees is to work hard and pursue your passion. Don’t be dissuaded by those who may tell you “No” or something is “not possible.” Surround yourself with people who will help you achieve your goals. My life as a congenital surgeon, wife, Mom and researcher wouldn’t be possible without my supportive husband, friends and family. We are all capable of much more than we can imagine.“
Dr. Christina Greene is the matriculating chief congenital heart surgery fellow from Boston Children’s Hospital. Originally from Los Angeles, she completed her undergraduate studies at MIT, medical school at Keck-SOM of USC, general surgery residency at LAC-USC, cardiac surgery at Stanford and congenital heart surgery sub-specialization at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Greene’s research interests center around the genetics of congenital heart disease with a focus on growing human tissue. She will be joining the faculty of UW and Seattle Children’s Hospital this fall as Assistant Professor with her husband Andy and two young daughters Quinn and Callie.
As highlighted in her nomination by Dr. Elizabeth Colwell:
“Christina Greene is a skilled surgeon finishing up her congenital heart training at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is extremely hard-working and determined, persevering and exceling through countless years of training to make her goal of becoming a congenital cardiac surgeon a reality. Being a co-resident with Christina, I saw her excel not only in the OR, but in the research arena, as well as in her role as a mother.”