Health-care humanitarian and FIU assistant dean Dr. Pedro José Greer will be awarded America's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. President Obama today released the list of 16 recipients for this year's honors, and it also includes Sen. Ted Kennedy, Desmond Tutu, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, actress Chita Rivera, tennis player Billie Jean King, and physicist Stephen Hawking. Posthumous awards also go to gay rights activist Harvey Milk and Sen. Jack Kemp.
Greer is the founder of Camillus Health Concern, which provides health care to thousands of homeless patients in Miami. He also founded St. John Bosco Clinic, which provides services for disadvantaged patients in Little Havana. Greer has previously been awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant.
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He is assistant dean of academic affairs at Florida International University's College of Medicine. Greer was formerly assistant dean for homeless education at the University of Miami School of Medicine.