On The Red Carpet with ER Doctor Juan Gallego

By Cindy Cockburn


On the Red Carpet in Hollywood — local Tampa doctor & filmmaker Juan E. Gallego M.D. and his wife Jill Leonti. Photo by Mike Dupre



Sleep? What sleep? Redington Beach resident Juan E. Gallego, M.D. is juggling more than a few hats these days: a new Dad to his baby Joseph, Hollywood screenwriter and producer, and emergency room doctor in Tampa. After working in a fast-paced Detroit Medical Center as Chief Resident, he arrived in Tampa with his wife, Jill, and has worked for Emergency Medical Associates of Tampa Bay for over seven years. At the young age of 39, Dr. Gallego is also juggling a successful career as a Hollywood screenwriter and Executive Producer. “Med School gave me experience in some of the toughest ERs in the nation from Chicago to New York City,” Gallego says.


Originally from South Florida, he credits his college years as an undergrad at Florida State University that sparked the passion for screenwriting.  “My friends back at the Frat house, in Tallahassee, remember me as the comedian, always writing funny notes,”  said Gallego. His newest film is called “Mantervention,” now available in VOD and ON DEMAND. He recently enjoyed a Red Carpet Hollywood “industry” premiere for his comedy for family and friends, which will debut nationwide in the fall. The topic is universal: Getting Over Your Ex!  When asked if this was written from his own college experiences, he simply smiles and says: “You could say that. In fact, my college buddy, now in LA, was instrumental in getting Mantervention produced.” The  ER Doc can often be found writing his next screenplay in the quiet and calm of the Madeira Beach library.



The comedy “Mantervention” written by Juan Gallego MD, will debut across the country in September. Screening in Tampa is scheduled for Thurs., Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at AMC West Shore. The story according to IMDb: “Convinced romance is dead, a young man who is completely heartbroken, turns to his best-friend, who plans an unorthodox Mantervention.”