Pedro J. Greer, Jr., M.D. will present “Innovation in Healthcare Education and Delivery: Why It Needs to Change” on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the HPNP Complex auditorium, as part of the PHHP Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series.
Greer is a professor and chair of the department of medicine, family medicine and community health and the associate dean for community engagement at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Throughout his career, Greer has been an advocate for health equity by engaging communities to create effective health and social policies and accessible health care systems. He recently received the 2014 National Jefferson Award, which is often referred to as the Nobel Prize for public service, in the category of Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged. He received the Great Floridian Award in 2013, a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, a Presidential Service Award in 1997, and a MacArthur Fellowship, also known as a Genius Grant, in 1993. Greer has published more than 25 articles and book chapters on topics ranging from hepatic and digestive disorders to policy, poverty and health in America. He authored “Waking Up in America,” a book about his experiences, from providing care to persons who are homeless, to advising U.S. presidents on health care.
Greer’s lecture is hosted by the PHHP Diversity Committee in conjunction with PHHP Diversity Day. The lecture is free and open to the public. The College of Public Health and Health Professions’ Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series brings some of the nation’s top health professions and public health researchers to the University of Florida campus.