STATEMENT: Gillum Campaign Announces “Doctors for Gillum”

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Gillum for Governor campaign announced the launch of “Doctors for Gillum” – a grassroots coalition founded by Florida healthcare leaders to help Floridians understand the stakes for healthcare and Obamacare in this election. They released the following joint statement today:

“Andrew Gillum’s bold proposal to protect Floridians with pre-existing conditions is an important step in the right direction for our state’s healthcare. As doctors, we have dedicated our lives to providing patients with quality healthcare, and under his proposal, more Floridians will have the security of access to the care they need to survive. We look forward to working with Mayor Gillum and Florida’s policymakers to help make these protections the law in Florida.” – Doctors for Gillum

Dr. Michael Katin, Fort Myers, FL

Dr. Michael Katin has served as President of the Board of Directors and as Medical Advisor for both the Lee County and Charlotte County units of the American Cancer Society and served on state committees for the Florida Division. He currently serves as the President of AFROC (Association of Freestanding Radiation Oncology Centers).

Dr. Annette Pelaez, Miami, FL

Dr. Pelaez, a native of Tampa, Florida, has been practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Miami area since 1989. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She attended the University of Florida College of Medicine and graduated with honors, and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. From her first day in the obstetrics rotation as a student, she was convinced women’s health was the area of medicine for her. She completed her residency training at the University of Miami program at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Pelaez loves to travel and has made many trips with her husband and two children.

Dr. JP Austin, Aventura, FL

Jean-Philippe, “J.P” as he is affectionately known to friends, left Haiti and moved to Queens, New York, where he grew up, at the age of 9 to join his exiled parents. A lifelong New Yorker, he attended New York University where he majored in Economics. Upon graduation he attended medical school at the State University of New York Medical Center at Brooklyn. After an internship at Orlando Regional Medical Center, he returned to New York City for his residency in Radiation Oncology, He subsequently did a fellowship in Proton Radiation at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

J. P. began his career as a Junior Faculty Member at Harvard Medical School then went on to teach at Tulane Medical Center and Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana. He left academic medicine to become the Medical Director at Christie Clinic Association in Champaign, Illinois then moved to South Florida in 2004 and is now affiliated with 21st Century Oncology.

During his time in South Florida J.P.’s main focus has been empowerment of the Haitian-American community. He was an early member of President Obama’s National Finance Committee since 2007. He has hosted both the First Lady and the President at his home in South Florida. J.P. and his wife Maggie live in Coconut Grove and are the proud parents of four daughters.

Dr. Larry Pierre, Miami, FL

Dr. Pierre is currently the President/CEO of the Greater Miami Health Education & Training Center (GMHETC), an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Department of Psychiatry, University of Miami School of Medicine and Executive Director/CEO for the Center for Haitian Studies, Inc. He is currently a member of the Community Advisory Board, of the University of Miami’s Sylvester Cancer Research Center, the Quality Assurance Board for Miami Jewish Hospital Systems, American College of Healthcare Executives and the Executive Board of the American Red Cross, Miami & the Keys. Dr. Pierre has also served as President of the Haitian American Democratic Caucus of Florida and a Trustee of the Florida Democratic Party.

Dr. Lisa Wildcatt, Riverview, FL

Dr. Wildcatt is a pediatrician and lead physician of the Riverview office at Pediatric Associates of Tampa Bay. She graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, and is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.



Geoff Burgan,, 443.801.1915