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Pedro J Greer Jr., MD

Associate Dean for Community Engagement. Professor and Chair Department of Medicine, Family Medicine, and Community Health
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Dr. Pedro J. Greer has an unwavering commitment and is an advocate for those without access to health care. Throughout his career, Dr. Greer has received numerous awards and Honorary Doctoral degrees. Most recently, he was recognized as a 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, and in 1993, he was honored as a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" Fellow. Dr. Greer is board certified in Medicine and Gastroenterology and has been practicing in Miami, Florida since 1991. He established Camillus Health Concern and Saint John Bosco in Miami, Florida, health care centers for persons who are homeless, undocumented, uninsured, and low income. Better known as "Joe," Dr. Greer wrote Waking up in America, an autobiographical account of caring for persons who are homeless. In July 2007, Dr. Greer joined the newly established Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. He led the creation of the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society, and in January 2009 became its Founding Chair. Dr. Greer and the department faculty have spearheaded a unique undergraduate medical education program to prepare physicians to assess and address the social determinants that affect health care access and health outcomes. The goals are to educate highly skilled, ethical, and culturally competent physicians attuned to the complex health and social needs of South Florida’s diverse populations. Dr. Greer currently serves in various capacities for a multitude of national, state, and local organizations. He is a Trustee at the RAND Corporation (America’s oldest and largest think tank) and is the current Chair of the Pardee RAND Graduate School Board of Governors. Additionally, Dr. 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.

Education and Training

  • MD, La Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Dominican Republic
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
  • Chief Medical Resident, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
  • Fellowships, Hepatology and Gastroenterology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida


  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


  • Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, 2009
  • Health Care Hero of the Americas, Pan American Health Organization, 2005
  • Hispanic of the Year, Hispanic Magazine, 2002
  • Presidential Service Award, 1997
  • Doctor of the Year for Teaching, Hippocrates: Heath and Medicine for Physicians, 1996
  • Newsweek American Achievement Award,1995
  • Time’s America’s 50 Young American Leaders Under 40, 1994
  • MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" Fellow, 1993
Practice Location

FIU Health Faculty Group Practice
885 SW 109th Avenue
PG-5, Ground Floor - Suite 131
Miami, FL 33199
For appointments call: 305-856-7333

Languages Spoken
English, Spanish