Celeste Green – Graduate/Professional/Postdoc Diversity Award
Resident Physician, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Celeste A. Green, MD, MPH is an OBGYN resident physician at the University of North Carolina (UNC). After completing her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Central Florida, she earned her Master of Public Health with a focus in Community-Oriented Primary Care from The George Washington University. Celeste worked in stakeholder engagement at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) prior to moving to Chapel Hill for medical school.
As a UNC medical student, Celeste and four classmates created the White Coats Black Doctors Foundation (WCBD), a 501(c)3 nonprofit designed to celebrate, unite, and uplift future Black physicians. WCBD provides mentorship, financial support and community-building for pre-medical and medical students across the country. For their work, WCBD was recognized as one of Triangle Business Journal’s Healthcare Heroes (2019), and Celeste received the 2018 Robert A. Bryan Public Service Award. WCBD was recently featured on The Drew Barrymore Show in a segment highlighting their impact on medical students and physicians across the country.
As a first-generation physician and the proud daughter of Jamaican immigrants, Celeste focuses her work to improve equity and create opportunities for Black physicians, medical students, and patients to thrive. She has been published in the Journal of Perinatology and the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. She has presented her work on disparities in birth outcomes and in medical education at multiple conferences.
Celeste currently serves as the Resident Liaison for the UNC OBGYN Department’s Diversity Task Force; in this role, she created and led the implementation of the monthly Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Advocacy Lecture Series (IDEALS). This series features speakers who address the histories of discrimination based on sex, gender identity, race, country of origin, and ability, and how this systemic marginalization affects present-day health disparities. The program has drawn national attendance in its inaugural year. Celeste also sits on the UNC School of Medicine’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council and stays involved with WCBD as Chairwoman of the Board of Advisors.
After residency, Celeste will pursue subspecialty training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, with her clinical work, research, and community involvement focused on prioritizing safety and equity in the Black maternal health experience.