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Florida International medical professor receives Medal of Freedom



Greer-portrait Florida International University medical professor Dr. Pedro José Greer Jr. is one of 16 people to today receive the nation's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.

Greer, who also has a private practice in addition to his university work, has often been recognized by presidents of both political parties for his work with Miami's poor. He created the Camillus Health Concern to provide medical services to low-income families. He also founded the St. John Bosco Clinic to provide primary care to families in Little Havana.

Other recipients include Stephen Hawking, Jack Kemp and Sen. Edward Kennedy.

President Obama said in a news release of the honorees: "These outstanding men and women represent an incredible diversity of backgrounds. Their tremendous accomplishments span fields from science to sports, from fine arts to foreign affairs. Yet they share one overarching trait: Each has been an agent of change. Each saw an imperfect world and set about improving it, often overcoming great obstacles along the way."


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:30am]


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