Doctor awarded Order of the Palmetto
S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster announced last week that Dr. Phillip H. Greenberg has been awarded the Order of the Palmetto. The Order of the Palmetto is awarded for extraordinary lifetime service and achievements of national or statewide significance. The award was created in 1971. Since then, 3,500 people have received the award.
“Dr. Greenberg has lived a life marked by service that is an example to all South Carolinians,” stated a press release from the governor’s office. “It was my honor to confer upon him the Order of the Palmetto on behalf of the 5 million citizens of our state.”
Greenberg said he was humbled, surprised and honored to receive the award. He added that he was appreciative of his son, Barnett, for nominating him for the award.
Greenberg has worked as a general surgeon, a commercial and residential real estate developer and property manager, and as a philanthropist.
As a surgeon, Greenberg has been a member of the American Board of Surgery, Faculty of the American College of Surgery, a member of the South Carolina Surgical Association, American Society of Clinical Oncology, delegate of the South Carolina Medical Society, president of the Florence County Medical Society, and served as director of the Wound Center at Carolinas Hospital
“Dr. Greenberg has been a well-respected general surgeon in Florence for over forty years,” state Rep. Wallace H. “Jay” Jordan Jr. said. “He is known as much for his compassion and care as for his expertise and skill.”
As a developer, Greenberg has developed and managed commercial and residential real estate in Florence, the Pee Dee, and other locations in the Southeast.
As a philanthropist, Greenberg has supported Florence, the Pee Dee, South Carolina and various other charitable institutions in various ways known and unknown.
Greenberg is a native of Florence. He is a graduate of Royall School and Moore Junior High School. He attended one year of high school at McClenaghan High School before heading north to Phillips Exeter Academy.
Greenberg is a graduate of Duke University and the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed additional medical training in Louisiana and New York.
In 1979, he returned to Florence to enter into practice with Dr. Eddie Floyd, Dr. Lamar Lee, and Dr. Frank Lee. Greenberg has worked as a lead in the medical practice for over 40 years.
Greenberg is the husband of Patricia “Tricia” Barnett Greenberg. They are parents of three adult children, Phillip Barnett Greenberg, Dr. Andrew William Greenberg, and Patricia Greenberg Shenkman, and they have four grandchildren.
A ceremony to commemorate the award is being planned after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.