Thursday, October 23, 2014
La Colombe d’Or - 3410 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, TX 77006

A Conversation featuring Pedro Jose Greer, Jr, MD 
Author, Recipient of MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellowship & Associate Dean for
Community Engagement, Florida International University, School of Medicine

and Vivian Ho, PhD
Baker Institute Chair in Health Economics, Professor in the Department of Economics
at Rice University & Professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine

“When did it become socially acceptable for a physician to say ‘no’ because someone had no money?” - Dr. Pedro Jose Greer, Jr.


As a medical intern, Dr. Greer founded the Camillus Health Concern, now serving over 10,000 homeless 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.

Currently Dr. Greer is Associate Dean of Community Engagement at the Florida International University School of Medicine. He is the recipient of MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellowship, and 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. Dr. Greer has served as advisor to President Bill Clinton and President George Bush, Sr. and received the Presidential Service Award at the 1997 Presidential Summit. Dr. Greer 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.

Vivian Ho, Ph.D., is Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Chair in Health Economics, a professor in the Department of Economics at Rice University and a professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Her research examines the effects of economic incentives and regulations on the quality and costs of health care. Ho has served on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Health Statistics, as well as on the NIH Health Services, Outcomes and Delivery study section. She is also a founding and current board member of the American Society for Health Economists. Ho received her A.B. in economics from Harvard University, a graduate diploma in economics from The Australian National University and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.

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