David Green

Visiting Instructor //

David Green has worked with many organizations to make medical technology and health care services sustainable, affordable and accessible to all. David directed the establishment of Aurolab (India), to produce affordable intraocular lenses (now has 10% of the global market share) suture and pharmaceuticals.

He has developed high-volume, quality eye care programs that are affordable to the poor and self-sustaining from user fees, including  Aravind Eye Hospital in India – which performs over 360,000 surgeries per year – 60 percent of the care is provided free of charge or below – cost, yet the hospital is able to generate substantial surplus revenue.  He has played a role in developing major eye care programs in China, India, Nepal, Egypt, Tanzania, Bangladesh and Guatemala. Within this paradigm of ‘humanizing capitalism’, he now works to create social investing funds to support sustainable social enterprises (The Eye Fund with Deutsche Bank for $15M and now the Solar Fund with Bamboo Finance). He co-founded Sound World Solutions, a social enterprise to make affordable hearing devices with a novel fitting; and Quantum Catch, to design unique and affordable ways to detect eye disease, diabetes and neurological disorders. He works with Pacific Vision Foundation to establish an eye institute serving all in N. California.

David is also Vice President at Ashoka, where he leads an effort to reduce health care costs in the US.  He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor in General Studies (1978) and a Masters degree in Public Health (1982).  He is on the faculty of Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute.  He is the recipient of the 2009 “Spirit of Helen Keller” award for humanitarian efforts in blindness prevention; is the recipient of the 2009 University of Michigan Humanitarian Service Award; and was selected by University of Michigan Engineering students as a leading social entrepreneur alumnus.  David is a MacArthur Fellow, Ashoka Fellow and is recognized by Schwab Foundation as a leading social entrepreneur.