“Health is the complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” (World Health Organization)

Are you healthy? Are you happy? If the answer to either of these questions is no, you should consider my program.

Dr. Jorge Peláez, MDWhy should you listen to me?

Health and the pursuit of happiness are my passions, and I believe my background can show this. Treated for seizures as a child and unfortunate enough to lose my father to a brain tumor at age 17, my interest in health has been a lifelong one. These conditions impacted my life in such a way that led me to become a medical doctor and to specialize in neurology.

After graduating cum laude from the University of Buenos Aires Medical School in Argentina, I wanted to receive the best training the world had to offer. I was hired to do research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (Harvard Medical School), a transition that brought my wife and me to the United States five days after getting married. We left family, friends, culture, language and our comfort zone so I could pursue the best medical training.

Later, I did my internship of Internal Medicine and Residency of Neurology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and my fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where I became chief resident and chief fellow. I passed the boards of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology, Sleep Medicine, Age Management, and Anti-Aging Medicine, and I am currently a fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and a member of the American College of Nutrition.

I was a neurologist and sleep specialist for nearly 17 years in private practice in Pensacola, Florida, where I became the Chairman of the Department of Neurology.

I hope that by communicating my credentials I can begin to earn your time and trust. Please know that what you will hear from me is reinforced by educational background, decades practicing medicine, and a sense of personal integrity that I feel is crucial to both oneself and one’s business. I always tell my patients that my approach to delivering healthcare is simple: I will never recommend for my patients anything that I would not do for my family or myself.

I believe there are voids in our healthcare system that I would like to fill.

I am not fully satisfied with the way we, physicians, serve our patients today. Our healthcare is reactive rather than proactive. We have superior emergent and “sick care,” but not real prevention. We oftentimes emphasize treating the symptom rather than going to the root of the health problem. After all these years in practice, I have found a way to optimal health that truly works for my patients and me, and it’s more than simply prescribing a medication to treat a symptom.

The best way that I have found to do this is through optimizing physiology, creating wellness in a real customized system that addresses the person as a whole, and following five pillars of health: nutrition, hormonal health, fitness, detoxification, and mind/nervous system enhancement.

Regrettably, your typical physician is constantly in a time constraint. Today’s system penalizes doctors for time spent with patients, and therefore, prioritizes procedures instead of investigating and offering consistent, quality care. How about staying healthy rather than just putting out the fire? How about health as a whole, including the pursuit of happiness? The Internet can be a wonderful tool, but it can also be confusing for the layperson when it comes to health sciences. My commitment to you is to do all I can to empower you to optimize your health and to achieve the abundant life we are meant to have.

I will work tirelessly to separate the scientific from the noise in order to give you the tools, the program and the coaching for you to pursue your health and be in charge of it – rather than being a sideline observer or even a victim.

I believe we physicians have been trained to think in reactive terms when it comes to diseases. Instead, I wanted to find a preventative approach that doesn’t neglect a holistic path. I looked everywhere to try to fill that gap and went above-and-beyond to find the answer. Thousands of hours were spent in symposiums, conferences, studying, reading journals, taking boards, reading books, and considering all the scientific, evidence based information. Finally, I now feel that I have found something better. You are a “one and only,” unique, irreplaceable, and that is how I will treat you. So please, allow me the honor of being your partner in health.

I see no reason why there should be a separation between “conventional medicine” and age management, wellness, functional or “anti-aging” approaches. In fact I believe them to be complementary.

Aging does not need to continue being what we have understood for generations. We are at a tipping point. We can live better, in every sense.

I look forward to becoming your coach and friend on your path to better health and a better life.

To your health and happiness,

Jorge Peláez, MD

1979 B.A. (Teaching)
Escuela Superior
Ameghino
Luján, Buenos Aires – Argentina

1987 M.D.
Facultad de Medicina
Universidad de Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires – Argentina

1997- Chief Fellow in Epilepsy & Clinical Neurophysiology
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, Ohio

1997 – Top Scholar Fellow
Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Fellow Program Grant

1995 – Chief Resident in Neurology
University of Wisconsin Medical School
Madison, Wisconsin

1987 – Medical Doctorate with Honors (cum laude)
Facultad de Medicina
Universidad de Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires – Argentina

1979 – Baccalaureate of Arts with Honors (cum laude)
Escuela Superior F. Ameghino
Luján, Buenos Aires – Argentina

2005-2006-2010-2011-2012-2013-2014
Selected as one of America’s Top Physicians by Consumers’ Research Council of America

2006 – Biltmore’s Who’s Who among Executives & Professional Men (Honors Edition)

2014 – Fellow in Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine (American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine)

  • Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
  • Maintenance of Certification,  American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, 2009, certificate # 49071
  • Diplomate In Sleep Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, 2011, certificate # 1077
  • Certified in Age Management Medicine, Cenegenics Research & Educational Foundation, AMA/PRA level 4 classification
  • Board certified Anti-Aging Medicine, American Board of Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine
  • American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology with added competency in Epilepsy Monitoring
  • Diplomate & Senior Disability Analyst, American Board of Disability Analysts
  • USMLE I, II & III
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates Certificate #454-823-6
  • State of Wisconsin License #93032
  • State of Ohio License #72076
  • State of Florida License #ME-0075883
  • Provincia de Buenos Aires (Argentina) Registration #53-653

1988-89

  • Internship in Internal Medicine
    Hospital Francés
    Buenos Aires – Argentina

1989-92

  • Research Assistant
    Solid Tumor Autologous Marrow Program
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Harvard Medical School
    Boston, Massachusetts

1992-93

  • Internship in Medicine
    Department of Medicine
    University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics
    Madison, Wisconsin

1993-96

  • Residency in Neurology
    Department of Neurology
    University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics
    Madison, Wisconsin

1996-98

  • Fellowship in Epilepsy & Clinical Neurophysiology
    Section of Epilepsy & Sleep Disorders
    The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Cleveland, Ohio

2013-14

Fellowship in Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine
American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
Medical Metabolic Institute

  • 1987          Medical College of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • 1992          American Medical Association
  • 1993          American Academy of Neurology
  • 1995          American Epilepsy Society
  • 1996          University of Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association
  • 1997          American Clinical Neurophysiology Society
  • 1997          Florida Medical Association
  • 2003          Escambia County Medical Society
  • 2008          American Headache Society
  • 2009          American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • 2011          Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
  • 2012          International Hormone Society
  • 2013          American Medical Management Group
  • 2013          American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
  • 2015          Association of the Advancement of Restorative Medicine
  • 2015          American College of Nutrition

1986-87

  • Teaching Assistantship: General Pathology
    Department of Pathology
    Facultad de Medicina Universidad de Buenos Aires
    Buenos Aires – Argentina

1987-88

  • Teaching Assistantship: Neuropathology
    Department of Pathology
    Facultad de Medicina
    Universidad de Buenos Aires
    Buenos Aires – Argentina

2003

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
    Florida State University
    Florida, USA

2003-2010

  • Coordinator of Neurology Clerkship
    Florida State University Medical School
    Pensacola Campus
    Pensacola, Florida

2010-2014

  • Chairman, Department of Neurology
    Medical Center Clinic
    Pensacola, Florida

2015

Medical Director
Florida Health & Wellness Insitute
Pensacola, Florida

  • 2000: Consultant & speaker in epilepsy for UCB Pharma
  • 2000: Clinical Advisory Board member for Novartis
  • 2000: Faculty member, Cephalon Medical Education Program
  • 2000: Epilepsy Advisory Board member for Shire-Richwood
  • 2000: Cyberonics Speakers Bureau
  • 2001: Epilepsy consultant for Ortho-McNeil
  • 2001: Corporate Advisory Committee member for the American Epilepsy Society
  • 2008-2010: Board of Directors, Medical Center Clinic, Pensacola, Florida
  • 2008-2015: Chairman, Department of Neurology, Medical Center Clinic, Pensacola, Florida
  • Elias AD, Ayash L, Anderson K, Wheeler C, Schwartz G, Tepler I, Lynch K, Pap SA, Peláez JM, et al. Hematologic Support During High Dose Intensification for Breast Cancer: Recruitment of Peripheral Blood Progenitor Cells (PBPC) by GM-CSF and Chemotherapy. Blood 1990; 76(Suppl 1): 536 (2135a).
  • Elias A, Ayash L, Anderson K, Wheeler C, Mazanet R, Schwartz G, Tepler I, Reich E, Hunt M, Pap S, Peláez J, et al. GM-CSF Mobilized Peripheral Blood Progenitor Cells (PBPC) Support After High Dose Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer: Effect of GM-CSF Post Reinfusion. Blood 1991; 78 (Suppl 1): 400a(A-1590).
  • Hafeez F, Peláez J, Razzaq M, Dulli D, Levine R, Turski P. Carotid and Vertebral Artery “Kinks, Coils, and Loops. 22nd International Joint Conference on Stroke and Cerebral Circulation. February 6-8, 1997, Anaheim, California.
  • Elias A, Ayash L, Mazanet R, Anderson K, Hunt M, Wheeler C, Schwartz G, Tepler I, Lynch C, Pap S, Peláez J, Critchlow J, Demetri G, Schnipper L, Griffin JD, Frei III E, Antman KH. Recruitment of Peripheral Blood Progenitor Cells Mobilization by Chemotherapy and GM-CSF for Hematologic Support After High Dose Intensification Chemotherapy. Cancer Investigation, 1992.
  • Peláez J, Morris H, Fouad T. A study of 28 patients with tilt table test and EEG. Neurology 1998; 50 (Suppl 4): A396.
  • Peláez J, M.D; Geller E, M.D; Wong O, M.D, Ph.D; Raja S, M.D.; Chelune G, Ph. D; Bulacio J, M.D. Relationship of quantitative FDG-PET temporal lobe metabolism and lateralized memory function on Wada testing. Epilepsia, Vol. 39, Suppl. 6, 1998, 246.
  • Wong O, Geller E, Peláez J, et al. Computer assisted lateralization of unilateral temporal lobe epilepsy using z score parametric F-18 FDG PET (z PET) images. Radiological Society of North America 1998 Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Gallegos E, Peláez J, Wyllie E, et al. Reflex epilepsy in childhood, a case presentation and review of the literature. Child Neurology Society Meeting, Toronto, Canada, 1998.
  • Elias AD, Ayash L, Anderson K, Wheeler C, Schwartz G, Tepler I, Lynch C, Hunt M, Pap S, Peláez J, et al. Hematologic Support During High Dose Intensification for Breast Cancer: Recruitment of Peripheral Blood Progenitor Cells (PBPC) by GM-CSF & Chemotherapy. ASH, Boston, Poster presentation, 12/3/90.
  • Peláez J, Wyllie E, Bulacio J, Ruggieri P, Kotagal P, Comair Y, Bingaman W, & Babb, T. Hippocampal sclerosis in preadolescent children. American Epilepsy Society meeting, Boston, Poster presentation, 12/8/97.
  • Peláez J, Backonja M. “Case presentations: Cervical and intracranial vascular dissections”. Grand Rounds, University of Wisconsin Hospital, 8/5/1994.
  • Peláez JM, Dulli D. ” Case presentations: Neurosarcoidosis.” Neurology Grand Rounds, University of Wisconsin Hospital, 10/20/1995.
  • Peláez J, Jones J. ” Hallevorden-Spatz disease.” Grand Rounds, University of Wisconsin Hospital, 11/17/95.
  • Peláez, J. “Cirugía para epilepsias focales”. Surgery Grand Rounds, Clínica Güemes, Luján, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 6/14/95
  • Peláez J. ” Neurocysticecosis and seizures”. Epilepsy Minifellowship. Bowman Gray School of Medicine, 4/23/96
  • Peláez J, Wyllie E. ” Syncope and seizures”. Pediatric Neurology Grand Rounds, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 11/8/96.
  • Peláez J, Wyllie E. ” Focal cortical dysplasias”. Pediatric Neurology Grand Rounds, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 11/15/96.
  • Peláez J, Kotagal P. ” A case of asymmetric myoclonic seizures”. Pediatric Neurology Grand Rounds, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 11/22/96.
  • Peláez J, Wyllie E. ” Angelman syndrome”. Pediatric Neurology Grand Rounds, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2/8/97.
  • Peláez J, Kotagal P, Terada K. “Temporal lobe epilepsy in childhood”. Pediatric Neurology Grand Rounds, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2/15/97.
  • Peláez J. “Febrile seizures and epilepsy”. Pediatric Neurology Grand Rounds, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2/21/97.
  • Peláez J. Hippocampal sclerosis in preadolescent children. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Annual Neuroscience Day, Cleveland, Poster presentation, 5/21/97
  • Peláez J. Landau-Kleffner syndrome. Pediatric Neurology Grand Rounds, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 8/29/97
  •  Peláez J. PET Scan for presurgical evaluation in epilepsy, Epilepsy Grand Rounds, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 11/20/97.
  • Peláez J, Morris H, Fouad T. A study of 28 patients with tilt table test and EEG. American Academy of Neurology Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, Poster presentation 4/30/98.
  • Peláez J. Epilepsy surgery. Ninth symposium, Epilepsy Society of Northwest Florida Pensacola, FL, 10/30/98.
  • Peláez J. Epilepsy monitoring and epilepsy surgery. Epilepsy Symposium, Epilepsy Foundation of America, Mobile Chapter, Mobile, Alabama, 11/14/98.
  • Peláez J, M.D; Geller E, M.D; Wong O, M.D, Ph.D; Raja S, M.D.; Chelune G, Ph D; Bulacio J, M.D. Relationship of quantitative FDG-PET temporal lobe metabolism and lateralized memory function on Wada testing. American Epilepsy Society 1998 Meeting, San Diego, California platform presentation, 12/9/98.
  • Peláez J. Epilepsy and behavior. Symposium for psychiatrists. Pensacola, Florida 12/4/98.
  • Peláez J. Epilepsy and migraine headaches. Merck Laboratories Conference. Pensacola, Florida, 12/5/98.
  • Mohamed A, Wyllie E, Najm I, Ruggeri P, Kotagal P, Peláez J, Bingamen W. The semiological features and EEG characteristics of children and adolescents with mesial temporal sclerosis (MTS) and temporal lobe epilepsy due to MTS. Amercan Academy of Neurology Meeting, Scientific Sessions. Toronto, Canada, 4/20/99.
  • Peláez J, Renfroe B, Henchey R, Toledo-Bell C. Vagus Nerve Stimulation. A new approach to seizure control. Educational Forum, Neurology Educational Consortium. Pensacola, Florida, 8/26/99.
  • Peláez J. Seizures and epilepsy. West Florida Hospital Annual Educational Conferences. Pensacola, Florida 8/24/99.
  • Peláez J. Epilepsy surgery: Who are likely candidates?. Epilepsy Symposium, Epilepsy Society of Northwest Florida. New World Landing, Pensacola, FL 10/22/99
  • Peláez J, Piacente G, Boggs J, Powell T. Panel discussion: Epilepsy care in the new millenium. Epilepsy Symposium, Epilepsy Society of Northwest Florida. New World Landing, Pensacola, FL 10/22/99
  • Peláez J, Renfroe B, Henchey R. Special presentation: Vagus nerve stimulation for seizure control. Epilepsy Symposium, Epilepsy Society of Northwest Florida. New World Landing, Pensacola, FL 10/22/99.
  • Peláez J. New management procedures for the treatment of seizures. Emergency Medical Society of Northwest Florida Meeting. Pensacola, FL 11/4/99.
  • Peláez J, Simkin D. Epilepsy and neuropsychiatric syndromes in handicapped people. Jackson Hospital, Marianna, FL 1/29/2000.
  • Wannamaker B, Peláez J, Flamini R. VNS Symposium. Walt Disney Swan Hotel. Orlando, Florida, FL 3/11-12/2000.
  • Ramsay E, Dean C, Peláez J. VNS Symposium. Four Points Sheraton Hotel. Miami, Florida, FL 3/18-19/2000.
  • Boggs J, Henchey R, Peláez J. Epilepsy Roundtable: Exploring advances in medical care for those with seizure disorders. Neurology Education Consortium of Northwest Florida. Pensacola, FL 4/27/2000.
  • Wilgong A, Peláez J, Glazier S, Sucholeiki R. Symposium: Vagal Nerve Stimulation and Epilepsy. Loews Hotel, Annapolis, MD, 6/9-11/2000
  • Peláez J. Vagus nerve stimulation for Epilepsy. Holistic Medicine Workshop. Pensacola Country Club, Pensacola, FL 7/1/2000.
  • Peláez J, Faught E, and others. Epilepsy Symposium. University of West Florida.
  • Peláez J. Migraines and other headaches. West Florida Hospital community education program. Pensacola, FL 6/8/2004
  • Peláez J. Update in migraines. Holistic Medicine Symposium. Pensacola, FL 2/15/2005.
  • Peláez J. Developments in Movement Disorders: Parkinson disease and Restless Leg Syndrome. Glaxo Smith & Kline Clinical Roundtable. Pensacola, FL 7/26/2005.
  • Peláez J. Developments in Restless Leg Syndrome. Glaxo Smith & Kline Clinical Roundtable. Pensacola, FL 9/20/2005.
  • Peláez J. Newly diagnosed patients with Multiple Sclerosis. National Multiple Sclerosis Symposium. Pensacola, FL 9/29/2005
  • Peláez J. Migraines and seizures. Medical Educational Council of Pensacola and Association of Philippine Physicians of the Florida Panhandle. Pensacola, FL 4/9/2006
  • Peláez J. Restless legs syndrome. Medical Educational Council of Pensacola and Association of Philippine Physicians of the Florida Panhandle. Pensacola, FL 5/21/2006
  • Peláez J. Learning about essential tremor. The diagnosis process and treatment options. International essential tremor foundation conference. Pensacola, FL 6/6/2009
  • Elias AD, Mazanet R, Wheeler C, Anderson K, Ayash L, Schwartz G, Pap SA, Peláez JM, et al. GM-CSF Potentiated Peripheral Blood Progenitor Cell (PBPC) Collection With or Without Bone Marrow as Hematologic Support of High-Dose Chemotherapy: Two Protocols. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 20 Supplement: S25-9, 1991 Dec.
  • Elias AD, Ayash L, Anderson K, Wheeler C, Schwartz G, Tepler I, Lynch K, Pap SA, Peláez JM, et al. Mobilization of Peripheral Blood Progenitor Cells (PBPC) by Chemotherapy with GM-CSF for Hematologic Support After High Dose Intensification for Breast Cancer. Blood, 79(11): 3036-44, 1992 Jun 1.
  • Peláez J, Wyllie E, Bulacio J, Ruggieri P, Kotagal P, Comair Y, Bingaman W, & Babb, T. Hippocampal sclerosis in preadolescent children. Epilepsia, 38 (Suppl 8), 146, 1997.
  • Peláez J, Bulacio J, Sánchez de León I, Sakamoto A, Lüders H. Los avances en el diagnóstico de epilepsia: clasificación semiológica de las crisis epilépticas basadas exclusivamente en la semiología ictal, parte 2. Krysis, 2(4), 1997 November.
  • Peláez JM, Levine R, Hafeez F, Dulli D. Tortuosity of carotid and vertebral arteries: A magnetic resonance angiographic study. Journal of Neuroimaging 1998;8:235-239.
  • Terada K, Najm I, Peláez J, et al. Midbrain generators of brainstem auditory evoked responses. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology (submitted)

Editorials

  • Peláez J, Sánchez de León I, Bulacio J, Sakamoto A, Lüders H. Los avances en el diagnóstico de epilepsia, imponen una nueva clasificación de las crisis (1ra parte). Krysis, 2(3): 21-26, 1997 September.
  • Sánchez de León I, Bulacio J, Peláez J, Lüders H. Epileptic syndromes, an underutilized concept. Revista Neurológica Argentina.
  • Rotary Club of Pensacola, member
  • Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, member