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The Department of Pediatrics is based at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, a fully accredited and comprehensive free standing Pediatric Center of Care. As a hospital solely dedicated to care of children, NCH provides students, residents and fellows the opportunity to learn Pediatrics through a wide variety of clinical experiences. The Department of Pediatrics is engaged in training our students to be the leaders of tomorrow in clinical care, medical research, and advocacy for children.

Vision & goals

The Department of Pediatrics continues to expand its teaching methods and provide opportunities for students in the clinical environment, didactic interactive environment, and simulation laboratory.

Goal 1: Familiarizing our students with pediatrics through a wide variety of clinical experiences

Goal 2: Focusing on student education through direct care, mentoring, simulation scenarios, and innovative learning opportunities

Goal 3: Implementing an innovative curriculum to assure student success in their pursuit of knowledge

Goal 4: Mentoring faculty to be great clinicians, educators, and researchers who will teach the physicians of tomorrow

Research

The Department of Pediatrics’ voluntary and full time faculty are actively involved in both clinical and educational research. The faculty looks forward to upcoming publications in the field of both clinical and educational research. Basic Science research in the areas of sepsis and acute care, as well as many other acute, chronic, and traumatic pediatric issues, are currently underway. The Department is proud of the number of papers submitted for publication in national and international presentations.

Clinical

The Department of Pediatrics is the provision of outstanding family-centered clinical care. Through FIU’s affiliation with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, we strive to provide assurance, hope and comfort to patients and their families by:

  • Using the resources of a world class hospital in meeting the expectations of families, health care providers, and our community
  • Providing an environment where world class learning and education can flourish
  • Performing and supporting world class research into all aspects of children's health issues
  • Advocating for children world wide
  • Promoting excellence through innovation, communication, transparent process improvement and great clinical care

Education and training

Students are exposed to multiple forms of teaching and learning opportunities. The faculty have recently developed the first group of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) training opportunities for faculty members throughout affiliated hospitals, and are actively involved in local, county, and state continuing medical education (CME) efforts.

The affiliated pediatric residency training program located at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is proud to have an increasing number of FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine graduates as a part of their residency program.

Contact us

Florida International University
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
11200 SW 8 Street, AHC-2 675
Miami, FL 33199

Tel: 305-348-9280
Fax: 305-348-0123

Community-based faculty

Haneen Yasin Abdella, MD
Assistant Professor

Alessandro M. Acosta Forment, MD
Assistant Professor

Jose Antonio Adams, MD
Professor

Jason Lawrence Adler, MD
Assistant Professor

Harry Aguero, MD
Assistant Professor

Muaz Alabd Alrazzak, MD
Assistant Professor

Edwards-Richards Alcia Delaney, MD
Assistant Professor

Abdulwahab Aldousany
Assistant Professor

Hanadys Ale, MD
Assistant Professor

Plato J. Alexander, MD
Assistant Professor

Beatriz Elena Almario, MD
Instructor

Saleem Almasarweh, MD
Instructor

Israel Alvarez, MD
Assistant Professor

Jose Alvarez-Fuentes, MD
Assistant Professor

Francis A. Amador
Assistant Professor

Claudia G. Arango, MD
Assistant Professor

Enrique Aregullin, MD
Instructor

Marc A. Arel, MD
Assistant Professor

Aliya Asad, MD
Assistant Professor

Muna T. Azzo,
Assistant Professor

Nicole Bailey, MD
Assistant Professor

Rodney Baker, MD
Assistant Professor

Bayan Bakir, MD
Assistant Professor

Ariella Barhen, MD
Instructor

Ihosvani Barroso, MD
Assistant Professor

Jorge Bastos, MD
Associate Professor

Mislen S. Bauer, MD
Assistant Professor

Sherrie Joy Baysa, MD
Assistant Professor

Maria Behnam-Terneus, MD
Assistant Professor

Jose A. Bengochea, MD
Assistant Professor

Byron Bernal, MD
Professor

Marcy Bernstein, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Erskin Bezares, MD
Assistant Professor

Michelle Blumstein, MD
Assistant Professor

Juan Manuel Bolivar, MD
Assistant Professor

Eduardo Bolumen, MD
Assistant Professor

Michelle L. Boykin, MD
Assistant Professor

Luis Francisco Caicedo-Oquendo, MD
Assistant Professor

Manuel A. Campo
Assistant Professor

Mayra Capote, MD
Assistant Professor

Melissa Cardenas-Morales, MD
Instructor

Adriana Carrillo-Iregui, MD
Associate Professor

William Fernando Carroll, MD
Assistant Professor

Manuel J. Castellanos, MD
Assistant Professor

Anselmo Cepero-Akselrad
Associate Professor

Wai Chan, MD
Assistant Professor

Barry Chandler, MD
Associate Professor

Christopher Chang, MD
Professor

Deidre Chang, MD
Instructor

Hector Chavez, MD
Assistant Professor

Madhuradhar Chegondi, MD
Instructor

Nicole Marie Christin, MD
Assistant Professor

Giovanna Ciocca, MD
Assistant Professor

Melissa Cristina Clemente, MD
Assistant Professor

Lori Colan, MD
Assistant Professor

Metee Comkomruecha, MD
Assistant Professor

Erin Connelly, MD
Assistant Professor

Sara Cortes, MD
Assistant Professor

Omar J. Costa Cruz
Assistant Professor

Manuel Cotilla, MD
Assistant Professor

Hernan Cruz, MD
Assistant Professor

Beatriz Cunill-De Sautu, MD
Assistant Professor

Marco Danon, MD
Associate Professor

Guillermo R. De Angulo, MD
Associate Professor

Mairim De La Rua, MD
Assistant Professor

Jorge Del Toro, MD
Assistant Professor

Kara Mae Del Valle, MD
Assistant Professor

Aymin Delgado-Borrego, MD
Associate Professor

Maria Antonella Denaro, MD
Assistant Professor

Marcel Deray, MD
Assistant Professor

Venu Devabhaktuni, MD
Assistant Professor

Magaly Diaz Barbosa, MD
Associate Professor

Alejandro Diaz, MD
Assistant Professor

Diego Diaz, MD
Assistant Professor

Gisela Diaz-Monroig
Assistant Professor

Nancy Dobrolet, MD
Associate Professor

Mayra Dominguez, MD
Assistant Professor

Shelley Drummond, MD
Assistant Professor

Daniel Duarte, MD
Assistant Professor

Debora Duro
Associate Professor

John Dykes, MD
Instructor

Daniela Egas-Bejar, MD
Assistant Professor

Julio Daniel Egusquiza, MD
Instructor

James Enos, MD
Assistant Professor

Enrique A. Escalon, MD
Professor

Veronica Etinger, MD
Assistant Professor

Maggie Fader, MD
Assistant Professor

Maria Florencia Fajardo, MD
Assistant Professor

Marytery Fajardo, MD
Instructor

Leonard G. Feld, MD
Professor

Lina Felipez, MD
Assistant Professor

Claudia Fernandez, MD
Assistant Professor

Jaime Fernandez, MD
Assistant Professor

Maria V. Fernandez, MD
Assistant Professor

Leidiana Figueroa, MD
Assistant Professor

Adrian Florens, MD
Assistant Professor

Philip Floyd, MD
Assistant Professor

Ronald Ford, MD
Assistant Professor

Karen Franco
Assistant Professor

Maria E. Franco, MD
Assistant Professor

Beatriz Franyie Ladd, MD
Assistant Professor

Marla Friedman, DO
Assistant Professor

Jorge Galvez Silva, MD
Assistant Professor

Heidi Gamboa, DO
Assistant Professor

Thresia Gambon, MD
Assistant Professor

Zaira Garcia Corujo, MD
Assistant Professor

Carolinna Garcia
Assistant Professor

Olga Consuelo Garcia, MD
Assistant Professor

Luis Garcia-Chacon, MD
Assistant Professor

Rani Simon Gereige
Professor

Kamalvir Gill, MD
Instructor

Kamar Godder, MD
Professor

Roberto E. Gomara, MD
Assistant Professor

Manuel Gomez, MD
Assistant Professor

Manuel Gonzalez-Brito, DO
Assistant Professor

Luis E. Gonzalez-Mendoza, MD
Assistant Professor

Ruben Gonzalez-Vallina, MD
Associate Professor

Deise Granado-Villar, MD
Associate Professor

Angel Guacaneme, MD
Assistant Professor

Abel Guerra, MD
Assistant Professor

Marie Guilande Pierre, MD
Assistant Professor

Elyane Nicole Haddad, MD
Instructor

Ayele Hadero, MD
Assistant Professor

Carlos Handal-Saca, MD
Assistant Professor

Sarah Hart-Unger, MD
Assistant Professor

Erick Hernandez, MD
Assistant Professor

Jorge Nelson Hernandez, MD
Assistant Professor

Leonel Hernandez, MD
Assistant Professor

Ana Hernandez-Puga, MD
Assistant Professor

Vivian Pilar Hernandez-Trujillo, MD
Associate Professor

Michelle Kantor Herring, DO
Assistant Professor

Caroline Hetu, MD
Assistant Professor

Sameh Mohamed Hussein, MD
Assistant Professor

Ann Hyslop, MD
Assistant Professor

Elba A. Iglesias, MD
Assistant Professor

Adam Isacoff, MD
Assistant Professor

Parul Jayakar, MD
Assistant Professor

Meurice Jean-Pierre, Jr.
Assistant Professor

Ian P. Jeffries, MD
Assistant Professor

Shabbir Joher, MD
Assistant Professor

Rosa Junco
Assistant Professor

Jessica Kalia, MD
Assistant Professor

Sajel Kana, MD
Assistant Professor

Ronald Kanter, MD
Professor

Jason Craig Katz, MD
Assistant Professor

Anas Abdul Kayoum, MD
Instructor

Danyal Mushtaq Khan, MD
Associate Professor

Ziad Ahmad Khatib
Associate Professor

Ahmed Khattab, MD
Associate Professor

Maryanne Regina Kichuk Chrisant, MD
Associate Professor

Narendra Kini, MD
Associate Professor

Gary Kleiner, MD
Associate Professor

Kaitlin M. Kobaitri, DO
Assistant Professor

Alex Koetzle
Assistant Professor

Brandon Korman, PhD
Assistant Professor

John Kotula, MD
Instructor

Janet Kowalski, MD
Assistant Professor

Shifra Koyfman, MD
Assistant Professor

Sravanti Kurada, MD
Assistant Professor

Hugh Ladd, MD
Assistant Professor

Larry Allen Latson, MD
Assistant Professor

Pablo Marcelo Laufer, MD
Assistant Professor

Gerald James Lavandowsky, MD
Assistant Professor

Allen Adred Lenoir, MD
Assistant Professor

Michael Anthony Leoncio, MD
Assistant Professor

Reina S. Lipkind
Associate Professor

Adolfo Llanos-Martinez, MD
Assistant Professor

Sharie Cooper Lockhart, MD
Assistant Professor

Cecilio Lopez, MD
Professor

Isidro A. Lopez
Assistant Professor

Michael M. Lopez, MD
Instructor

Rene L. Lopez-Guerrero
Assistant Professor

Kimberly Lord-Strulovic, MD
Assistant Professor

Catherine Love, MD
Assistant Professor

David Lowe, MD
Assistant Professor

Andrea Maggioni, MD
Assistant Professor

Ossam Maher, MD
Assistant Professor

Vincenzo Maniaci
Assistant Professor

Paul Martinez, MD
Assistant Professor

Yadira Martinez-Fernandez, MD
Assistant Professor

Madeleen M. Mas, MD
Associate Professor

Jose R. Mateo
Assistant Professor

Kunjana Mavunda, MD
Assistant Professor

Jennifer Mccafferty Fernandez, PhD
Assistant Professor

Colette Meehan, MD
Assistant Professor

Keyur Mehta, MD
Instructor

David B. Mendez-Soto, MD
Assistant Professor

Fernando Mendoza
Assistant Professor

Marcos A. Mestre, MD
Assistant Professor

George Keith Meyer, MD
Associate Professor

Lauren Alissa Meyerson, MD
Assistant Professor

Luis Felipe Miranda, MD
Assistant Professor

Kanchan Mishra, MD
Assistant Professor

Mary Catharine Moffitt, MD
Assistant Professor

Salameh Mohammed, MD
Instructor

Jessica Morlok-Prince, MD
Assistant Professor

William I. Muinos, MD
Assistant Professor

Alisa J. Muniz Crim, MD
Assistant Professor

Juan-Carlos G. Muniz, MD
Assistant Professor

Meghana Nadiger, MD
Instructor

Omer Nasiroglu, MD
Assistant Professor

Manette Ness-Cochinwala, MD
Instructor

Tuan Nguyen, MD
Instructor

Scott Nichols, MD
Assistant Professor

Iran Niroomand-Rad, MD
Assistant Professor

Rigoberto Nunez
Assistant Professor

Rolando Nunez, MD
Assistant Professor

Eva Nunlist, DO
Instructor

Maria Oliver, MD
Assistant Professor

Roberto Organero, MD
Assistant Professor


Manuel Orta Cobo, MD
Assistant Professor

Camile Ortega, DO
Instructor

Hector Ortiz, MD
Assistant Professor

Joseph Oshier, MD
Assistant Professor

Eduardo A. Otero, MD
Assistant Professor

Ana Maria Paez
Assistant Professor

Pedro Pagan Banchs, MD
Assistant Professor

Luz Marina Pages, MD
Assistant Professor

Oscar Papazian, MD
Associate Professor

Dhanendra Paramasvaran, Other
Assistant Professor

Ana Paredes, MD
Associate Professor

Kinjal Parikh, MD
Instructor

Bhavi Patel, DO
Assistant Professor

Madalsa Patel, MD
Assistant Professor

Mary Jean Pazos, MD
Assistant Professor

Athena Pefkarou, MD
Associate Professor

Barbara Garcia Pena, MD
Associate Professor

Roman Pena, MD
Assistant Professor

Edgardo Penabad, MD
Assistant Professor

Kersha Pennicott, MD
Instructor

Carla Marie Perez, MD
Assistant Professor

Jorge Perez, MD
Assistant Professor

Luis M. Perez-Burnes, MD
Assistant Professor

Jose E. Perez-Rodriguez, MD
Assistant Professor

Bernardo Pimentel
Assistant Professor

Osvaldo Planche Utria, MD
Assistant Professor

Amanda A. Porro
Assistant Professor

Genoveva C Prieto, MD
Assistant Professor

Lourdes Prieto, MD
Professor

Juan Proano Coello, MD
Instructor

Ana Maria Puga, MD
Assistant Professor

Neeraj Kumar Raghunath, MD
Assistant Professor

Aparna C. Rajadhyaksha, MD
Assistant Professor

Felix Ramirez- Seijas
Associate Professor

Matthew Ramirez, MD
Assistant Professor

Otto Marino Ramos, MD
Associate Professor

Andre Raszynski
Professor

Brian J. Rau, MD
Assistant Professor

Mrunalini Raut, MD
Assistant Professor

Renu Rani Ravi, MD
Assistant Professor

Jesse Reeves-Garcia, MD
Professor

Julia Retureta
Assistant Professor

Mario A. Reyes
Assistant Professor

John F. Rhodes, MD
Professor

Gloria Riefkohl
Assistant Professor

Rafael Rivas-Chacon
Assistant Professor

Antonio M. Rodriguez, MD
Assistant Professor

Rosie Roldan, MD
Assistant Professor

Ileana Romero-Bolumen, MD
Assistant Professor

Jose R. Rosa-Olivares, MD
Assistant Professor

Anthony Fred Rossi, MD
Professor

Patricia Anne Rowe-King, MD
Assistant Professor

Beny Rub
Assistant Professor

Jose Mark Rub
Assistant Professor

Juan Ruiz-Unger
Associate Professor

Ramesh Sachdeva, MD
Professor

Chad Sanborn, MD
Assistant Professor

Viana R. Sanchez, MD
Assistant Professor

Carolina Sanchez-Vegas, MD
Assistant Professor

Darline Santana-Acosta, MD
Assistant Professor

Querube Santana-Rivas, MD
Assistant Professor

Jun Sasaki, MD
Assistant Professor

Nao Sasaki, MD
Assistant Professor

Francine Scaffidi, MD
Assistant Professor

Gregory Schaiberger, MD
Instructor

Steven Eric Schultz, MD
Associate Professor

Mukul Sehgal, MD
Instructor

Prithvi Sendi, MD
Assistant Professor

Parul Shah, MD
Assistant Professor

Oranit Shaked, MD
Assistant Professor

Moises Simpser
Associate Professor

Kalpana Singh, MD
Instructor

William Smalling, MD
Assistant Professor

Heather Camille Smith, MD
Assistant Professor

Yadira Soler, MD
Assistant Professor

Flavio Amed Soliz, MD
Associate Professor

Vincent Daniel Sparber, MD
Assistant Professor

Patcharapong Suntharos, MD
Assistant Professor

Alan N. Swartz, MD
Assistant Professor

Joseph Anthony Sykes, MD
Assistant Professor

Alberto R. Tano, MD
Assistant Professor

Mario Tano, MD
Assistant Professor

Phuket Tantivit, MD
Assistant Professor

Joshua William Tarkoff, MD
Assistant Professor

Sachin Thakur, MD
Assistant Professor

Catricia Tillford, MD
Assistant Professor

Leonardo J. Torres, MD
Assistant Professor

Balagangadhar Totapally, MD
Professor

Johny Tryzmel, MD
Assistant Professor

Ernesto Valdes
Assistant Professor

Lilliam Valdes-Cruz, MD
Professor

Jenny Valencia, MD
Assistant Professor

Pablo Antonio Valencia, MD
Assistant Professor

Nestor M. Valeron
Assistant Professor

Dario Antonio Vallario de Sanctis, MD
Assistant Professor

Jose Martin Vargas Loayza, MD
Instructor

Nivia Vazquez
Assistant Professor

Ectis Velazquez, MD
Assistant Professor

Yvelice Villaman-Bencosme
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Ann Margaret C. Villar, DO
Assistant Professor

Donna Amelia Watson Plummer, MD
Assistant Professor

Courtney Wein, DO
Instructor

Kristina Weirs-Shamir, MD
Assistant Professor

Michael Weiss
Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Welch, MD
Assistant Professor

Gil Wernovsky, MD
Professor

Laure Ann Wiggan, Other
Assistant Professor

Deborah Wilbur, MD
Assistant Professor

Keith Wintermeyer, MD
Assistant Professor

Jack Wolfsdorf, MD
Professor

Michelle Wong, MD
Assistant Professor

Aecha Marion Ybarra, MD
Instructor

Barbara Ligocki Zen, MD
Assistant Professor