Hi, I'm Dr. Paylan 

I was  born in Istanbul, Turkey to Armenian parents. 

My father, at the age of 40, packed our bags and told us that we were going to America for summer vacation. In reality, as I would come to find out a decade later,  my father, at the age of 40, was packing our bags to move our family to the United States because my father was escaping targeting by certain secular groups in Turkey as a result of his job in Eastern part of Turkey.  Being unable to take either his money or any of his possessions out of Turkey, my father started all over from zero in America in 1980. Education for his children, me and my brother, was my father's top priority.  I went to medical school and became a surgeon. My brother went on to become an electrical engineer. 

Medical School and Medical Practice

After graduating from medical school in 1994 and completing a surgical residency, in 2001, I settled  in Tampa, Florida.  In 2004, after I finished fellowships in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Trauma/Critical Care, I opened my private practice in Tampa. My practice flourished. In no time, I had over 3000 patients, and I was performing breast augmentation, body sculpting, liposuction and all sorts of other procedures to make my patients feel ageless. 

My training as a surgeon made me endure hours of performance that required precision and absolute focus. As a result of my surgical training, I learned what resilience is. I learned how to finish what I start.  I had to learn how to finish what I started because people's lives were at stake. I treated and operated on veterans, children, those who were terminally ill, and those who were involved in tragic accidents. I saw human pain first hand.  Through it all, with each trial and tribulation, I never forgot how my accomplishments could not have been possible if my father had not moved our family to America. My love for country grew as I grew strong in my faith knowing that I could freely exercise my religion and call myself a Christian- something I would not have been able to do freely in Turkey. 

Trials and Tribulations

In 2011, I came to know first hand what it means to be the target of a Democratic Party Establishment that is corrupt and wasteful. The State Attorney's Office in Hillsborough County spent more than $2 million dollars pursuing me over charges that they knew were false.  It took me over $1 million dollars and six years to expose the prosecutorial misconduct so that I could get my life back. There was "no there-there" and yet millions of dollars were recklessly and unjustifiably spent by the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office to pursue me because I stood up and because I would not succumb to their corrupt system.  They suggested for me to plead guilty and pay a $50,000 fine for something I did not do. When I refused to entertain pleading guilty, they wanted to teach me a lesson that led to a 6-year long court battle. 

The more I stood up for my patients, the more the corrupt and unregulated prosecutorial system came after me. Although I prevailed ultimately in protecting my patients' rights, I was the target of the establishment that has seen nothing but a Democrat majority for too long in Hillsborough County. The establishment spent limitless amount of taxpayers' dollars to go after a doctor who stood up and was unwilling to play their game. A list of my victories against the establishment in Hillsborough County can be viewed under the "Legal Waste" Tab on this website.

What I experienced in Hillsborough County with the Democratic State Attorney's Office is no different than either the $40 million dollars that was spent in the Mueller Investigation where there was also "no there there", or the Impeachment process where the allocated legal budget for the Democrats is an astounding $2.6 billion dollars. We have too many homeless veterans, too many problems in our education system, and too many problems with affordable health care, to be spending this kind of money in a legal process that has been weaponized for political agenda. 


As your State Senator in District 19, I will stop this unchecked system of spending millions of taxpayer dollars for power play. 

In 2019, I decided to run for public office knowing that my training as a surgeon taught me the resilience, perseverance and the discipline needed to be a public servant to deliver results, instead of just promises.  I will introduce bills to eliminate wasteful spending on legal processes like the Mueller Investigation and the Impeachment Process which do nothing other than waste our taxpayer dollars and take away from us empowering our economy, lifting up our veterans, eliminating the real problems like affordable housing, effective public transportation and homelessness all of which we face in District 19.  I was able to get near 80,000 votes in District 19 in the midst of the COVID epidemic that came out of nowhere. 

In 2022, Senate Seat for District 19 was up for election again and I hope that I make it this time so we can get a more representative government, instead of a government that is for lawyers, by lawyers and of lawyers.