Get to Know SCPS: Dr. Rick Green

We thought you’d like to get to know some of the people you see regularly at Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery and Spa and who make your experience special. Occasionally we will profile them on our blog and in our newsletter.


What is your role at SCPS? I perform both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Many people are surprised to learn that I have a special interest and additional board certification in surgery of the hand. I also serve as the token male in the office.

How long have you been at SCPS? Dr. Huang and I opened Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery in February of 2007. Prior to that, I practiced at Longview Surgical Group in Longview, Washington.

What do you like best about working at SCPS? Well, the expected answer is the people with whom I work so we will take that as given. I really enjoy all of the stories that my patients tell as we are working on something under local anesthesia. I have become adept at listening and operating at the same time, and our patients continually amaze me with the life experiences they share.

What is your favorite food or drink? Boneyard IPA (a wonderful, flavorful beer from Bend, OR) in moderation, of course. It’s on tap at Woody’s Tacos here in Vancouver. Chicago style stuffed spinach pizza (not deep dish…that’s completely different) is my favorite food, also in moderation!

What is your favorite book? A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. It is a must read for anyone who ever took a science class in school. I also like anything by Michael Lewis who wrote Moneyball and The Blind Side among a number of other books.

What is your favorite movie or TV show? My favorite movie of all time is Caddyshack because I was working on the grounds crew of a golf course when the movie came out, and I never got the gopher either. A more recent movie that I very much enjoyed was The Descendants with George Clooney. I really identified with his character in that film (and not just because we look so similar).

What was your first job? I worked at Arby’s the summer before junior year in high school. I overdosed on the Jamocha milkshakes. That job was awful. Don’t ask me what a Jamocha actually is.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work? As a medical traditionalist, I do like to play golf when time allows. I sing and play guitar to the best of my ability at St. Mary Magdalene Parish in NE Portland most Sunday mornings. A friend and I have season tickets to the University of Portland basketball games and we have had a lot of fun watching the team over the last several years. The University is a great place to go for lectures and brain exercise as well.

Finally, we spend quality family time in central Oregon where the trees are big, the weather is sunny and the trout are more clever than I am.