Mark Green – Decorated Army Physician and Tennessee State Senator
Dr. Mark Green, a physician and State Senator from Tennessee, traces his dedication to service to his parents, who instilled in him a strong work ethic and respect for the Bible. He grew up in Mississippi, where his father worked as a paper machine foreman before his arm was amputated due to cancer. His father continued to work afterward and learned how to do everything from running a chain saw to hammering nails with one arm. Meanwhile, Green’s mother taught him that all work has spiritual meaning, and his parents’ examples kindled in him a desire to serve others and his country.
Mark Green graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1986, beginning a two-decade career in the military. After talking with a military physician who cared for his father during an extensive hospital stay, he asked the military to send him to medical school. He attended Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University, and after completing his residency, he became a flight surgeon for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR). Green served tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, providing medical coverage for covert operations. Notably, he participated in the mission that captured Saddam Hussein and conducted a six-hour interview with the former Iraqi dictator. This experience led Green to publish the book A Night with Saddam. For his service, Green has received the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, the Air Medal with “V” device for valor under heavy enemy fire, and the Combat Medical Badge.
After retiring from the U.S. Army in 2006, Green founded an emergency medicine management and staffing company that now employs more than 1,000 employees and providers. . Soon after launching his business, he started a foundation that sends doctors to Third World countries to treat children in need. While attending his 25th-year reunion at West Point in 2011, Green was moved by reminders of the school’s mission to create lifelong leaders to serve the nation, and he decided to run for the Tennessee Senate. He has served as a Tennessee State Senator since his election in 2012, maintaining a seat on several committees.