Our Commitment to Diversity

Diversity is a cornerstone of the Pediatric Residency Program at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Our goal is to draw people with a variety of backgrounds and life experiences to join as a team in learning, growing and in serving our patient population here in South Florida. Miami is a uniquely multicultural city, and our residency program is a reflection of the many diverse influences that shape our community.

Our residency program is committed to recruiting, training and supporting all prospective candidates inclusive of those who identify as underrepresented in medicine, non-traditional students, and those who come to us from abroad. We are proud to have such a wide representation of diversity within our program and have residents who represent various cultures, ethnicities, religions, languages, families, and backgrounds. We are committed to creating a culture that not only accepts, but also celebrates our collective differences and our common passion for Pediatrics!

Class of 2022

Eduardo Acosta, M.D.

Liliam Aquino Crisanto, M.D.

Rodrigo Cavalcante, M.D.

Sofia Colon Guzman, M.D.

Marina Dantas, M.D.

Melissa Diaz, M.D.

Eilaf Fallatah, M.D.

Farouk Farouk, M.D.

Ashley Fonseca, M.D.

Annette Gawron, M.D.

Giancarlo Giovannini Sanguineti, M.D.

Ana Luiza Graneiro, M.D.

Karen Hanze Villavicencio, M.D.

Natasha Johnson, M.D.

Gabriel Mandel, M.D.

Rose Mathews, M.D.

Pablo Napky, M.D.

Jennifer Navarro, M.D.

Candelaria O'Farrell, M.D.

Elisa Prebble, M.D.

Claudia Riera Canales, M.D.

Patricia Rivero, D.O.

Ashish Saini, M.D.

Stephanie San Martin, M.D.

Eliana Sanchez, M.D.

Farimah Shariati, M.D.

Jacklyn Smith, M.D.

Eric Tano, M.D.

Class of 2023

Daniela Aguilar Abisad, MD

Saleh Alsulami, MD

Melissa Castro, MD

Jacob Convissar, DO

Jeanette Coriat, MD

Jonathan Creech, MD

Maricarmen Dionisio, MD

Michael Elias, MD

Kaela Ellis, DO

Alejandra Frauenfelder Sanchez, MD

Erileen Garcia Roldan, MD

Paulina Gines, DO

Eva Glenn, MD

Camila Gonzalez Arragon, MD

Nicole Jackson, MD

Gabriela Lins, DO

Daniel McGraw, MD

Andrea Montaño, MD

Roxana Navarro, MD

Megha Patel, DO

Larissa Romanow, MD

Antonia Rovira, MD

Wendy Tamayo, MD

Marleni Regalada Torres Nuñez, MD

Zoe Underill, MD

Ricardo Luis Vega Auz, MD

Amanda Wedelich, MD

Zara Zaidi, MD

Class of 2024

Daniela Albors-Agullo, M.D.

Khalifah Aldawsari, M.D.

Andrea Alonzo, M.D.

Maria Arrate, D.O.

Evelina Dedic, D.O.

Devarshi Desai, D.O.

Alaina Durkac, M.D.

Louis Durkac, M.D.

Veronica Echanove Iturralde, M.D.

Alia Elnaji, D.O.

Andrew Garcia, M.D.

Keishla Gonzalez Sanchez, M.D.

Dianelis Hernandez, M.D.

Courtney Hundzinski, D.O.

Aldo Majluta, M.D.

Stephanie Mangels, M.D.

Claudia Mattos, D.O.

Lorein Moya Rodriguez, M.D.

Braden Olsen, M.D.

Camila Pabon, M.D.

Angela Parra Del Riego Freundt- Thurne, M.D.

Agustina Reca, M.D.

Sandra Rios Melendez, M.D.

Andres Rodriguez, M.D.

Gretel Rodriguez, D.O.

Sandra Siatkowski, M.D.

Gabriela Teixeira-Bell, D.O.

Ifrah Waheed, M.D.

Resident Committees


Meet Our Leaders

Beatriz Cunill-De Sautu, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Residency Program Director

Maria Behnam-Terneus, DO, FAAP
Pediatric Residency Program Associate Director

Mark Gabay, DO, FAAP
Pediatric Residency Program Associate Director

Our Alumni

We are proud of the extended professional network that our program has fostered over the years throughout the US and elsewhere. We truly feel that each trainee at our hospital is a part our NCHS family during and beyond their residency. NCH alumni are represented in every field of pediatrics and have been fellowship trained at numerous highly ranked institutions throughout the country. We even have some alumni who practice internationally. Our alumni come together during specialty specific conferences to reconnect with each other and help mentor new trainees into their respective fields. Classes remain connected beyond residency though social media platforms, sharing both their personal and professional accomplishments. We are also very proud of the large number of alumni who stay at NCH after their residency training or return back to NCH after their fellowship training elsewhere. They play a special role in continuing the great tradition of teaching and mentoring our current residents and future colleagues.

Alumni Spotlight