San José Clinic hosts fourth annual Fall Speaker Series on Oct. 23

November 11, 2014

HOUSTON — San José Clinic’s fourth annual Fall Speaker Series, “Healthcare Crossroads: Influencing Policy and Social Responsibility,” was held at La Colombe d’Or, Oct. 23. 

The event, hosted by the San José Clinic Advisory Board, featured a conversation between Dr. Pedro Jose (Joe) Greer Jr., MD, the recipient of MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and an Associate Dean for Community Engagement, Florida International University, School of Medicine; and Dr. Vivian Ho, Ph.D., Rice University’s Baker Institute Chair in Health Economics, Professor in the Department of Economics at Rice University and Professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

Greer is the author of “Waking Up in America: How One Doctor Brings Hope to Those Who Need It Most.” 

In 2009, he was the recipient of the Medal of Freedom — the highest civilian honor. Greer has served as advisor to President Bill Clinton and President George H.W. Bush. He has been honored with three Papal medals “Pro Ecclesia ET Pontifica” and knighted as a Knight of Malta and the Order of Saint Gregory the Great.

Greer’s concern for those without access to health care has fueled his passion and allowed the creation of various free clinics for the poor of Miami. 

As a medical intern, he founded the Camillus Health Concern, now serving more than 10,000 patients a year. Due to the increasing number of undocumented aliens in the Miami area, he founded the Saint John Bosco Clinic in 1991 and serves as its medical director.

San José Clinic’s mission is to provide quality healthcare and education to those with limited access to such services in an environment that respects the dignity of each person. For more information, visit www.sanjoseclinic.org or call 713-228-9411.