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Governor Rick Scott Announces the Appointment of Dr. Celeste Philip as Surgeon General and Secretary

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For Immediate Release
May 18, 2016


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Governor Rick Scott Announces the Appointment of Dr. Celeste Philip as Surgeon General and Secretary of DOH


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Dr. Celeste Philip as State Surgeon General and Secretary of the Florida Department of Health. Dr. Philip has served as Acting Surgeon General since March.


Governor Scott said, “I am proud to appoint Dr. Philip as the State Surgeon General and Secretary of DOH today. Since becoming Acting Surgeon General this spring, Dr. Philip has met with community health leaders on a statewide tour to discuss how DOH can continue to collaborate on improving the health of families and visitors in our state. Dr. Philip also oversaw the recent launch of DOH’s New HIV Data Center and Florida’s Healthy Babies Initiative. Dr. Philip has also been working diligently with county health departments and local mosquito control districts to ensure our state is ready to combat the possible spread of the Zika virus. I look forward to continuing to work with Dr. Philip and DOH to protect public health in Florida.”


Dr. Philip said, “I am honored to be named State Surgeon General and Secretary of DOH and look forward to continuing to serve Florida’s families and visitors. With our state and local partners, we will maintain our commitment to addressing community health needs, developing HIV reduction and prevention strategies and preparing our state to combat viruses like Zika. I know Florida is positioned to be a national leader in public health and I am dedicated to working toward this goal on behalf of Florida’s residents and visitors.”


Dr. Philip has devoted her career to public health and has served in various roles within DOH since 2008.  She has served as interim director in three county health departments, and as interim bureau chief for the DOH Bureau of Communicable Diseases. She was assistant director for public health in DOH in Volusia County and medical director for DOH in Polk County, where she served on the board of the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine.


Dr. Philip is board certified in family medicine as well as preventive medicine and public health.  She is president-elect of the American Heart Association’s six-state Greater Southeast Affiliate and 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. 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 family medicine residency at Florida Hospital in Orlando and preventive medicine residency with CDC.



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