Pedro J. Greer Jr., MD, is Professor of Medicine, Founding Chair of the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society, and Associate Dean for Community Engagement at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (FIU HWCOM) in Miami, Florida. In July 2007, Dr. Greer joined the newly established FIU HWCOM, where he spearheaded a nationally recognized, interprofessional medical education program that prepares future physicians to assess and address the social determinants that impact health outcomes. Better known as “Joe,” Dr. Greer established Camillus Health Concern, Saint John Bosco and other health care centers for underserved populations in Miami. He has published over 25 articles and book chapters on topics from hepatic and digestive disorders to policy, poverty, and health in the US. Dr. Greer wrote Waking Up in America, an autobiographical account about his experiences, from providing care to homeless persons under bridges to advising U.S. Presidents George Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton.
Dr. Greer received the 2014 National Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged, was recognized with the 2013 Great Floridian Award, and in 2009, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, America’s highest civilian distinction. Other awards include the Presidential Service Award in 1997 and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation 1993 fellowship.
Dr. Greer is a Trustee at the RAND Corporation and current Chair of the Pardee RAND Graduate School Board of Governors, an Independent Board Member of Capital Group and he is Board member of the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Board. He is board certified in Medicine and Gastroenterology, a fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology, and has practiced medicine in Miami, Florida since 1991.