Patricia Shea Green

Director of Communications

Patricia (Patty) Shea Green, MA, directs communications for the Duke-Margolis Health Policy Center. Most recently, Patty served as vice president of communications for the National Quality Forum, a national organization that sets standards of healthcare quality and patient safety. She joined NQF in 2014 from the Endocrine Society, where she led the organization’s national patient engagement and education initiative.

The majority of Patty’s professional career has been devoted to academic medicine. She is a former associate vice president of public affairs at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the national organization representing U.S. medical schools and major teaching hospitals. In addition to leading the AAMC’s communication advocacy efforts to advance physician workforce diversity and increase funding for the National Institutes of Health and graduate medical education, Patty directed the national launch of the Duke-created Project Medical Education, a hands-on medical education experience for policymakers and congressional staff. She is former communications co-chair of the Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care, an initiative of hospitals and businesses to raise national visibility to hospital and healthcare issues.

Patty has worked almost exclusively in non-profit healthcare, also contributing to public relations and advocacy efforts at the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychiatric Association and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patty earned her Bachelor’s degree in political science and English from the University of Richmond and her Master’s in journalism from Michigan State University.