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Miami's Pedro Greer honored by Obama



President Obama today presented Pedro José Greer Jr. of Florida International University School of Medicine with the presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor. Here's what the president had to say:

"While an intern at Miami's Jackson Memorial, Dr. Pedro José Greer came across a patient in a coma without a known name or address -- a homeless man, found by firefighters, suffering from tuberculosis.  In the days that followed, the physician Little Havana knows as Dr. Joe searched for clues about the patient's life in the squalor under Miami's highways. Deciding that Miami's homeless deserved better, Dr. Greer founded Camillus Health Concern, a clinic that now offers care to over 4,000 poor and homeless patients. It's a life that might be distilled into a question Dr. Greer asks all of us: "If we don't fight injustice, who will?"


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:57pm]


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