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Pediatrics

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

Florida International University
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
11200 SW 8 Street, AHC 4-250W3
Miami, FL 33199

Tel: 305-348-0570
Fax: 305-348-0123

Voluntary Faculty

Abdulwahab Aldousany, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Adam Isacoff, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Adolfo Llanos-Martinez, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Adrian Florens, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Aecha Marion Ybarra, MD
Clinical Instructor

Ahmed Khattab, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Alan N. Swartz, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Alberto R. Tano, MD, FAAP
Clinical Assistant Professor

Alejandro Diaz, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Alessandro M. Acosta Forment
Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor

Alex Koetzle, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Alisa J. Muniz Crim, MD
Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor

Allen Adred Lenoir, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Amanda Porro, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Ana Hernandez-Puga, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Ana Maria Paez
Clinical Assistant Professor

Ana Maria Puga, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Ana Paredes, MD
Clinical Associate Professor

Andre Raszynski, MD, FAAP, FCCM
Clinical Professor

Andrea Maggioni, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Ann Margaret C. Villar, DO
Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor

Anselmo Cepero-Akselrad
Clinical Assistant Professor

Anthony Rossi, MD
Clinical Professor

Antonio M. Rodriguez, MD, FAAP
Clinical Assistant Professor

Aparna C. Rajadhyaksha, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Athena Pefkarou, MD, FAAP
Clinical Associate Professor

Ayele Hadero, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Balagangadhar Totapally, MD
Clinical Professor

Barbara Garcia Pena, MD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor

Barry Chandler, MD
Clinical Associate Professor

Beatriz Cunill-De Sautu, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Beatriz E. Almario, MD
Clinical Instructor

Beatriz Franyie Ladd, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Beny Rub
Clinical Assistant Professor

Bernardo Pimentel, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Brandon Korman, Psyd
Clinical Assistant Professor

Brian J. Rau, MD
Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor

Byron Bernal, MD, CPI
Clinical Professor

Carlos Handal-Saca, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Carolina Sanchez-Vegas, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Caroline Hetu, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Carolinna Garcia
Clinical Assistant Professor

Catherine Love, MD
Clinical Associate Professor

Catricia Tillford, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Cecilio Lopez, MD
Clinical Associate Professor

Chad Sanborn, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Claudia Fernandez, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Colette Meehan, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Daniel Duarte, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Danyal Mushtaq Khan, MBBS
Clinical Associate Professor

Darline Santana-Acosta, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Darren Berman, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

David B. Mendez-Soto, MD
Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor

David Lowe, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Deborah Duro, MD
Clinical Associate Professor

Deborah Wilbur, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Deise Granado-Villar, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Diego Diaz, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Donna Amelia Watson Plummer, MD`
Clinical Assistant Professor

Ectis Velazquez, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Eduardo A. Otero, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Eduardo Bolumen, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Elayne Nicole Haddad, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Elba A. Iglesias, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Elisel Zimmerman, MD
Clinical Instructor

Elizabeth Welch, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Enrique A. Escalon, MD
Voluntary Clinical Professor

Enrique Aregullin, MD
Clinical Instructor

Enrique Canton, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Erick Hernandez, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Ernesto Valdes, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Eva Nunlist, DO
Clinical Instructor

Felix Estrada, MD

Felix Ramirez-Seijas
Clinical Associate Professor

Fernando Mendoza, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Flavio Amed Soliz, MD
Clinical Associate Professor

Francine Scaffidi, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Francis A. Amador
Clinical Assistant Professor

Gary Kleiner, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Genoveva C. Prieto, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

George Keith Meyer, MD
Clinical Associate Professor

Gerald James Lavandosky, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Gil Wernovsky, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Giovanna Ciocca, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Gisela Diaz-Monroig
Clinical Assistant Professor

Gloria Riefkohl, MD, FAAP
Clinical Assistant Professor

Guillermo R. De Angulo, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Haneen Yasin Abdella
Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor

Harry Aguero, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Heather Camile Smith, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Hector Ortiz, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Hernan Cruz, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Ian P. Jeffries, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Ileana Romero-Bolumen, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Iran Niroomand-Rad, DO, FAAP
Clinical Assistant Professor

Isidro A. Lopez, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Israel Alvarez, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jack Wolfsdorf, MD
Clinical Professor

Jaime Fernandez, MD
Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor

Janet Kowalski, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jason Craig Katz, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jason Lawrence Adler, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jennifer McCafferty, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jesse Reeves-Garcia
Clinical Professor

Jessica Kalia, DO
Clinical Assistant Professor

John Dykes, MD
Clinical Instructor

John F. Rhodes
Clinical Professor

Johny Tryzmel, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jorge Bastos, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jorge Del Torro, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jorge Perez, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jose A. Bengochea, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jose Alvarez-Fuentes, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jose Antonio Adams, MD, PhD, FACC
Clinical Professor

Jose E. Perez-Rodriguez, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jose L. Vargas, MD, FAAP
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jose Mark Rub
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jose Martin Vargas Loayza, MD
Clinical Instructor

Jose R. Mateo
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jose R. Rosa-Olizares, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Joshua William Tarkoff, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Juan Manuel Bolivar, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Juan Ruiz-Unger, MD
Clinical Associate Professor

Juan-Carlos G. Muniz, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Julia Retureta, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jun Sasaki, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Kamar Godder, MD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor

Kamar Godder
Clinical Professor

Kanchan Mishra, MD
Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor

Kara Mae Del Valle, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Karen Franco, MD, FAAP
Clinical Assistant Professor

Katherine Blackburn, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Keith Wintermeyer, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Keyur Mehta, MD
Clinical Instructor

Kimberly Lord-Strulovic, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Kunjana Mavunda, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Larry Allen Latson, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Leidana Figueroa, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Leonard Feld, MD
Clinical Professor

Leonardo J. Torres, MD
Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor

Leonel Hernandez, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Lilliam Valdez-Cruz, MD
Clinical Professor

Lorena Maria Siqueira
Clinical Professor

Luis E. Gonzalez-Mendoza, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Luis Felipe Miranda, MD
Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor

Luis M Perez-Burnes, MD
Clincial Assistant Professor

Luz Marina Pages, MD
Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor

M. Antonella Denaro, DO
Clinical Assistant Professor

M. Narendra Kini, MD
Clinical Associate Professor

Madeleen M. Mas, MD
Clinical Associate Professor

Madhuradhar Chegondi, MD
Clinical Instructor

Madhuradhar Chegondi
Clinical Instructor

Magaly Diaz Barbosa, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Maggie Fader, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Mairim De La Rua, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Manuel A. Campo, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Manuel Cortilla, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Manuel Gonzalez-Brito, DO
Clinical Assistant Professor

Manuel J. Castellanos, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Manuel Orta Cobo, MD, FAAP
Clinical Assistant Professor

Marc A. Arel, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Marcel Deray, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Marcelo Laufer, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Marco Danon, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Marcos A. Mestre, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Marcy Bernstein, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Maria Behnam-Terneus, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Maria E. Franco, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Maria Fernandez
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Maria Florence Fajardo, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Maria Oliver, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Marie Guilande Pierre
Clinical Assistant Professor

Mario A. Reyes, MD, FAAP
Clinical Assistant Professor

Mario Tano, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Marla Friedman
Clinical Assistant Professor

Mary Catherine Moffitt, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Mary Jean Pazos, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Maryanna Regina Kichuk Chrisant
Clinical Assistant Professor

Matthew Hall, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Matthew Ramirez, MD, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor

Mayra Capote, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Mayra Dominguez Burns, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Mayura Gujarathi, MD
Clinical Instructor

Melissa Cristina Clemente, MD, FAAP
Clinical Assistant Professor

Meurice Jean-Pierre, Jr., MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Michael Anthony Leoncio, DO
Clinical Assistant Professor

Michael Fundora, MD
Clinical Instructor

Michael M. Lopez, MD
Clinical Instructor

Michael Weiss
Clinical Assistant Professor

Michelle Blumstein, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Michelle Kantor Herring
Clinical Assistant Professor

Michelle L. Boykin, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Michelle Wong, MD
Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor

Mislen Bauer, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Moises Simpser
Clinical Assistant Professor

Mukul Sehgal, MD
Clinical Instructor

Muna T. Azzo
Clinical Assistant Professor

Nancy Dobrolet, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Neeraj K. Raghunath, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Nestor M. Valeron
Clinical Assistant Professor

Nicole Bailey, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Nivia Vazquez
Clinical Assistant Professor

Olga Consuelo Garcia, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Omar J. Costa, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Omer H. Nasiroglu, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Oranit Shaked, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Oscar Papazian, MD
Clinical Associate Professor

Otto Marino Ramos
Clinical Associate Professor

Pablo Antonio Valencia, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Parul Jayakr, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Parul Shah, MD
Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor

Patricia Anne Rowe-King, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Philip Floyd, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Phuket Tantivit, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Plato J. Alexander, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Querube Santana-Rivas, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Rafael Rivas-Chacon, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Rani Simon Gereige, MD, MPH, FAAP
Clinical Professor

Reina S. Lipkind, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Rene L. Lopez-Guerrero
Clinical Assistant Professor

Rigoberto Nunez, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Robert Perello
Clinical Assistant Professor

Roberto E. Gomara, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Roberto Organero, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Rodney Baker, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Rolando Nunez, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Roman Pena, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Rosa Junco, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Rosa Junco
Clinical Assistant Professor

Rosie Roldan, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Ruben Gonzalez-Vallina, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Sachin Thakur, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Sameh M. Hussein, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Scott Nichols, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Shabbir Joher, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Shabbir Joher
Clinical Assistant Professor

Sharie Cooper Lockhart, MD
Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor

Shelley Drummond, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Sherrie Baysa, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Sravanti Kurada MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Steven Bruce Fishberger
Clinical Assistant Professor

Thresia Gambon, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Tuan Nguyen, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Venu Devabhaktuni, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Veronica Etinger, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Viana R. Sanchez, MD
Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor

Vincenzo Maniaci, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Vivian Pilar Hernandez-Trujillo, MD
Clinical Associate Professor

William F. Carroll, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

William Muinos, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

William Smalling, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Yadira Soler, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Yvelice Villaman-Bencosme, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Zaira Garcia Corujo, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Ziad Ahmad Khatib, MD
Clinical Associate Professor