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 in Miami.

Better known as "Joe," Greer has been honored with a number of awards, including the 2017 Citizen of the Year award from the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida, the 2014 National Jefferson Award in the category of Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged and the 2013 Great Floridian Award.

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Pedro Greer

In 2009 he was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian award. He also earned the Presidential Service Award in 1997, and in 1993 was named a MacArthur Fellow.

He has received a Papal Medal and has been knighted as a Knight of Malta and Saint Gregory the Great.

Greer has published more than 25 articles and book chapters on topics ranging from hepatic and digestive disorders to policy, poverty and health in America. He authored Waking Up in America, a book about his experiences, from providing care to the homeless under bridges in Miami, to advising U.S. presidents.

Greer serves in various capacities for a multitude of national, state and local organizations. He is a trustee at the RAND Corporation and is the chair of board of governors of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, the largest PhD-granting institution for policy analysis. In addition, Greer served as chair for the Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation from 2002 to 2012.

He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society and a fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology.