Surgeon General visits the Department of Health

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Dr. Celeste Philip, MD, MPH, State Surgeon General and Secretary of the Florida Department of Health visited the Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties on July 7.

The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties had a visit from the State Surgeon General and Secretary of the Florida Department of Health on Friday, July 7.

Dr. Philp met with Leadership to discuss the Seven Strategic Priorities of Public Health.

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

Dr. Philip, who has been with the Department since 2008, has served in a number of capacities, including as interim director for three county health departments. She began her career with the department in Polk County where she served as medical director and served on the board of Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine, where she also provided primary care to uninsured patients.

She was recently named the 2016 Outstanding Public Health Woman of the Year by the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health. Dr. Philip is a board member of the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation and is president of the American Heart Association’s six-state Greater Southeast Affiliate.

Dr. Philip graduated from Howard University in Washington DC magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts 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 family medicine residency at Florida Hospital in Orlando and previously served at the​ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer and preventive medicine resident.

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