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Recovery Room Staff

Dr. Rick Greene, Host

Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS, medical director of the Cancer Data Registry at the Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte, NC, received his medical school training at the University of Virginia where he was elected to membership into AOA. He completed a residency in surgery at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Greene was also an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Fellow at Yale. He was on active duty with the United States Navy and was surgeon on the USS Nimitz.

Tena Simmons and Dr. Rick GreeneDr. Greene is an active clinician in the area of surgical oncology and has been involved in organizational work pertaining to cancer for a number of years. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), served as ACS First-Vice President from 2010 to 2011, and served on the ACS Board of Governors for several years. Dr. Greene serves on the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons, serving as Chair of the CoC from 2004 to 2008 and as the CoC’s Nominating Committee Chair Representative from 2008 to 2012. He has represented the American College of Surgeons on the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC), having served as Chair of the AJCC from 2001 to 2004, and is an Emeritus member of the AJCC. He also was the Editor-in-Chief of the 6th Edition of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual. Since 2010, he has been a member of the ACS Patient Education Committee, and he is a member of the College’s North Carolina Credentials Committee.

Dr. Greene belongs to numerous surgical organizations including the Society of Surgical Oncology, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the Southern Surgical Association, and the American Surgical Association. Dr. Greene was a founding member of SAGES and served as its president in 1992-93.

Dr. Greene's publications have included approximately 160 papers, 30 book chapters, and two textbooks relating to cancer surgery and, specifically, the use of laparoscopic surgery in the management of cancer patients. Dr. Greene serves as the Associate Editor of the Annals of Surgical Oncology and on numerous editorial boards including Surgical Endoscopy, Journal of Surgical Education, Journal of Surgical Oncology, World Journal of Surgery, American Surgeon, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Surgical Endoscopy, and Laparoscopy and Percutaneous Techniques and is Editor of General Surgery News.

Tena Simmons

Tena Simmons began her career in public broadcasting as a weekend jazz host at WFAE—the Charlotte, NC, NPR affiliate. With growth and change at WFAE from music to a news/talk format, Tena has seen her role evolve from Music Director to her present position as Associate Program Director/Operations.

In addition to producing episodes of The Recovery Room, Tena can still be heard as local host on WFAE weekdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Tena is a New York City native and a graduate of Brooklyn College of The City University of New York.

Sam Van Hallgren and Dr. Rick Greene

Sam Van Hallgren

Producer, Episodes 1–18

Sam Van Hallgren started his career in radio as an Arts Desk intern at WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. He went on to work with WBEZ's This American Life and with 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (WYMS) in Milwaukee, WI, as the station's producer and program director.

Sam was also a cofounder and cohost of the popular film podcast Filmspotting. In addition to producing episodes 1–18 of The Recovery Room for WDAV, he is also a station announcer and can be heard from 12 noon to 2 pm on Saturday afternoons. Sam is a native of New Hampshire and a graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, OH.