MacArthur Fellows Program

Pedro José Greer Jr.

Physician and Community Health Specialist | Class of 1993

Physician and Community Health Specialist
Miami, Florida
37 at time of award
Area of Focus
Health Care Delivery
Published July 1, 1993

About Pedro's Work

Pedro Greer is a physician who lives by and promotes his philosophy that doctors should serve the poor as part of their professional commitment to society.

Greer founded the Camillus Health Concern in Miami in 1985 to provide food, shelter and medical care for homeless people.  In the aftermath of hurricane Andrew, Greer was able to bring together the volunteers and resources required to address immediate and long-term needs of the area.  He is the medical director of the St. John Bosco Clinic, which he opened in 1992 to serve undocumented immigrants; medical director of the Penalver Clinic, serving low-income Hispanics; and the program director of Reach Out Miami (Physicians Volunteering for Indigent Patients).


Greer is Chief in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mercy Hospital, Miami, Florida, and the Assistant Dean for Homeless Education and an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine.  He was appointed a trustee of the RAND Corporation (1996), where he chaired the board of its Drug Policy Research Center (1992-95).

Greer received a B.S. (1978) from the University of Florida at Gainesville, and an M.D. (1984) from the Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Santiago de los Caballeros, in the Dominican Republic.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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September 24, 2014
"Eight MacArthur Fellows Had Miami Connections"
Miami Herald
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