August 5, 2005

Mencio takes helm of Pediatric Orthopaedics at Children’s Hospital

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Gregory Mencio, M.D., examines brothers Laurenth, 2, and Norman Martinez, 7, in the Pediatric Orthopaedics clinic.
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Mencio takes helm of Pediatric Orthopaedics at Children’s Hospital

Neil Green, M.D.

Neil Green, M.D.

Gregory A. Mencio, M.D., has been named the director and chief of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Mencio succeeds Neil E. Green, M.D., who will remain on faculty as professor of Orthopaedic Surgery.

“It is an incredible pleasure for me to welcome Greg into his new role as the director and chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics at the Children's Hospital,” said John W. Brock III, M.D., surgeon-in-chief at Children's Hospital and professor and director of the Division of Pediatric Urology.

“I have had the distinct honor to work with Greg for many years and have found him to be not only an outstanding physician and colleague but a truly caring individual who is on the forefront of his specialty. We at Children's Hospital are truly fortunate to have someone of Greg's caliber to follow in the footsteps of such a terrific leader as Neil Green.”

Mencio, also a professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, joined VUMC in 1991, where he began as an assistant professor. He received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C.

Mencio has authored or co-authored more than 75 scientific presentations and papers, more than two dozen journal articles and 15 book chapters. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, as well as many other professional and scholarly organizations. He sits on several local, regional and national committees.

He is well respected by the medical students he teaches, and has been awarded the Chief Resident Teaching Award at Vanderbilt three times, in 1996, 2002 and 2003.

"I am confident that Dr. Greg Mencio will be an outstanding head of Pediatric Orthopaedics,” Green said. “He is an excellent physician and surgeon who is very well respected locally and nationally."

Green joined Vanderbilt as an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in 1971, and was vice chair of the department for 11 years. He served as director of Pediatric Orthopaedics since 1981.

“We're delighted that [Mencio] is a member of our faculty; he's been here several years and was highly recommended by Dr. Green,” said Dan Spengler, M.D., chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at VUMC. “We didn't need to look outside; we've got one of the best in the world here with us.”