Louis H. Green, MD and Barbara Schachtel-Green, PhD
Newsletter Archive
by Noelle Heinze
A recent afternoon visit with the keynote speaker for the 2005 commencement ceremonies of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics began with a discussion of world renowned heart surgeon Dr. Michael E. DeBakey and the rise of the Texas Medical Center and ended with a piano serenade of Chopin’s “Nocturne in E Flat Major” and Cole Porter’s “It’s All Right With Me.

Meet Baylor College of Medicine Clinical Professor Emeritus of Surgery Louis H. Green and his wife Barbara Schachtel-Green —an incredibly gracious, intelligent, and talented couple who are both proud University of Houston alums.

Born and raised in Houston, Louis Green earned a degree in biology (class of 1943) and went on to medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston during WWII, serving in the United States Navy and later in the United States Air Force as Captain of the Medical Corps.

A member of “The Greatest Generation,” a term coined by Tom Brokaw to describe a generation shaped by wartime events different than any other in history, Green was one of NSM’s first graduates to attend medical school and was also one of DeBakey’s first residents.
“Looking back on my life, I see many, many places where little twists of fate could have changed things,” he says, reflecting on the consequences of the war and on his serendipitous introduction to DeBakey, which resulted in a 60-year professional relationship and friendship.
Barbara Schachtel-Green was born in Rochester, New York. She began college at Wellesley and then moved to New York City and Houston several years later. “I fell in love with Houston from the moment I stepped off the train,” she says with a warm smile.
Once settled in Houston, Barbara Schachtel-Green earned a BS and MA in psychology at UH. Later, she attended the University of Texas School of Public Health, earning a PhD in behavioral science, with a minor in epidemiology.
She has held numerous positions, such as Director of Quality Assurance for the Institute for Preventive Medicine at The Methodist Hospital and Assistant Professor of Experimental Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.
In addition, she has received a variety of awards and honors, has served on numerous boards, including the Harris County Hospital District, of which she was the first woman chairman for several years, and is very active with the Institute for Religion and Health.
Both Louis H. Green and Barbara Schachtel-Green have had very interesting academic and professional lives, contributing much to their community and alma mater. It is an honor for NSM to introduce you to this wonderful couple.
© University of Houston 2005