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Surgeon General and Secretary

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Dr. Celeste Philip, MD, MPH

Celeste Philip, MD, MPH, was appointed by Governor Rick Scott as Surgeon General and Secretary on May 18, 2016. Most recently, she served as the Interim Surgeon General and prior to that as the Deputy Secretary for Health and Deputy State Health Officer for Children’s Medical Services. Dr. Philip, who is board certified in Family Medicine as well as Preventive Medicine and Public Health, brings a wealth of academic excellence and professional experience with her.

Dr. Philip has served as interim director for three county health departments, and as interim bureau chief for the Department's Bureau of Communicable Diseases. In addition, she was medical director for the Department in Polk County. While in Lakeland, she chaired the Polk Health Care Alliance Infrastructure Committee and served on the board of the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine, through which she provided primary care to uninsured patients.

Dr. Philip is a board member of the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation and on the Health Initiatives Committee Advisory Group to the Florida Board of Governors. Dr. Philip is board certified in family medicine as well as preventive medicine and public health.

Dr. Philip’s contributions to public health are not limited to Florida. She is president-elect of the American Heart Association’s six-state Greater Southeast Affiliate. Dr. Philip served at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer.

Dr. Philip graduated from Howard University in Washington DC magna cum laude, with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Spanish. She later received a Master of Public Health in maternal and child health and a Doctor of Medicine from Loma Linda University in California. She completed her residency at Florida Hospital in Orlando and has remained committed to improving health in Florida throughout her career.