Dr. Pedro Jose Greer Jr. is the founder and Medical Director of Camellus Health Concern in Miami, a winner of the Macarthur "Genius Grant" and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the author of "Waking Up In America." Dr. Greer, known in Miami as "The Physician to the Poor", discovered there was "a third world country" in his hometown. He reached out to provide medical care to the homeless, sick and dying wherever they were, in the streets or in shelters.
Dr. Greer started a makeshift clinic in a shelter, using one bed as an examining table. By sheer persistence and force of conviction, he talked many of his fellow physicians into providing free care along with him. These efforts grew into a four-clinic organization known as Camillus Health Concern (CHC). Providing comprehensive health care to well over 10,000 adults and children each year, CHC also offers a full range of social services, including disease prevention education, assistance in accessing benefits, employment services, legal services and veterans' services for homeless persons. Dr. Greer continues to canvass the city in his car, making "house calls" and encouraging people living under bridges and in public parks to seek proper medical treatment at the clinics. Giving hope to the hopeless, love and care to the sick, he is truly a force for social change.
Dr. Greer takes his Hippocratic oath seriously, his concern for those without access to health care has fueled his passion for the homeless, undocumented, migrant and poor. Currently he is the Assistant Dean at the University of Miami School of Medicine, and Chief of Gastroenterology at Mercy Hospital in Miami, where he practices hepatology and gastroenterology with his father. He has been an advisor to both the Clinton and Bush Sr. administrations.