Dr. Jordan Green Appointed as Inaugural Matina S. Horner Professor

June 21, 2018
(l-r) President Milone-Nuzzo, Mattina Horner, Jordan Green, Board Chair George Thibault, and previous Director of Research Robert Hillman
(l-r) President Milone-Nuzzo, Matina Horner, Jordan Green, Board Chair George Thibault, and previous Director of Research Robert Hillman

Jordan Green, PhD, CCC-SLP, has been appointed as the inaugural Matina Souretis Horner Professor in Rehabilitation Sciences at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston.

The newly endowed professorship is designed to promote and enhance interdisciplinary health and rehabilitation research at the MGH Institute. The position was funded by a recently completed $2 million campaign, and named in honor of Matina S. Horner, who stepped down from the Board of Trustees after 27 years of service, which included being chair in 1995 - 2005. During her tenure, Dr. Horner steered the IHP through times of change and challenge, positioning it to grow and flourish.   

Dr. Green joined the health sciences graduate school in 2013 as a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. He is director of the Speech and Feeding Disorders Lab and is a research scientist at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He also holds affiliate appointments in the Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology Program at the Harvard Medical School, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. As the Horner Professor, he also will serve as a research mentor for junior faculty and students. 
Green’s research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of impaired speech and swallowing throughout the lifespan. His recent work is exploring the effects of novel interventions for improving speech and swallowing function in people with neurologic diseases such as ALS and stroke, and persons who have undergone face transplantation. His work has been funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) since 2000. 

A prolific contributor to leading professional journals with over 100 peer-reviewed publications, Green has presented his work internationally and nationally. In 2000, he received the Editor’s Award from the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. He has twice received first prize from the International Conference on Speech Motor Control, and in 2014 he received the Willard R. Zemlin Memorial Lecture Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the professional organization of which he is a Fellow. He also is an editorial consultant for numerous journals and has served on multiple NIH grant review panels.

In 2017, he received the MGH Institute's Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. He is an advisor for several MGH Institute doctoral students, has directed ten PhD dissertations, and has supervised eleven post-doctoral fellows.

Green recently was named the school’s director of research. He replaces Robert Hillman, PhD, CCC-SLP, the co-director and research director of the Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation at the Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of surgery and a member of the Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology faculty at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hillman will continue his present role of at the MGH Institute as director of the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program.

Green earned his PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 1998 from the University of Washington, where he completed post-doctoral studies. His previous faculty positions have been at University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he held the Corwin Moore professorship for over a decade.