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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 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