About our Medical Leadership
Beatriz Cunill-De Sautu, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Residency Program Director
Dr. Beatriz Cunill-De Sautu earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine. Subsequently, Dr. Cunill completed her three year pediatric residency training followed by an additional year as Chief Resident at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Nicklaus Children's Hospital.
Upon completion of her Chief Resident term, Dr. Cunill continued her pursuit of academic pediatrics by joining the Department of Medical Education at Nicklaus Children's Hospital and assisting in the administration of the pediatric residency program. Her responsibilities then included coordinating the education and training of pediatric residents at the community-based continuity clinic sites, leading the organization of the faculty development opportunities for the teaching staff and participating in various performance improvement and child advocacy projects. Dr. Cunill also served as an attending physician and preceptor at the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Pediatric Care Center.
Dr. Cunill-De Sautu went on to serve as the Interim Director of Medical Education at Nicklaus Children's Hospital and was subsequently appointed as the Pediatric Residency Program Director in July, 2008. Dr. Cunill is responsible for the overall supervision of the residents, the recruitment of incoming residents, the execution and evaluation of the educational activities of the program and the assurance that the resident curriculum is in compliance with the RRC requirements.
Dr. Cunill-De Sautu holds faculty appointments at Florida International University (Clinical Assistant Professor), Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (Clinical Assistant Professor), and at the St. George’s University School of Medicine (Professor). She is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Cunill-De Sautu also serves as Co-Chair of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) USMLE Children's Health Test Material Development Committee and is also a member of the USMLE Step 3 Interdisciplinary Review Committee.
Maria Behnam-Terneus, DO, FAAP
Pediatric Residency Program Associate Director
Dr. Maria Behnam-Terneus earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Subsequently, Dr. Behnam went on to complete a three year pediatric residency training followed by an additional year as Chief Resident at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.
Dr. Behnam-Terneus continues her love of academic pediatrics by becoming part of the Department of Medical Education at Nicklaus Children's Hospital as Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Residency Program. She is also a part of the Division of Hospitalist Medicine at the same institution as a pediatric hospitalist. Her positions allow her to mentor and have an active clinical role in our resident’s development throughout their training. Her responsibilities also include helping with residency recruitment, being a liaison between the Department of Medical Education and the Division of Hospitalist Medicine, and participating in various performance improvement initiatives at our institution. She is also the Pediatric Hospitalist Fellowship Associate Program Director at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.
Dr. Behnam-Terneus holds faculty appointments at Florida International University and at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is dually board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and by the American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics. She is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the AAP Society of Hospitalist Medicine, and the American Osteopathic Association.
Mark Gabay, DO, FAAP
Pediatric Residency Program Associate Director
Dr. Mark Gabay earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University – College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then completed a three year pediatric residency and a subsequent one year chief residency at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.
After completion of Dr. Gabay’s residency training, he remained with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, working as an attending physician within the Emergency/Urgent Care Department. Soon thereafter, he joined Nova Southeastern University as clinical assistant professor. He currently holds the titles of Program Director for the Osteopathic Pediatric Residency Program and Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Residency Program. His responsibilities include developing, organizing and enhancing the pediatric academic and clinical experience, fostering personal and professional growth of all residents, and ensuring the programs’ successful longevity and accreditation by maintaining program compliance. Dr. Gabay is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians. He is currently a NBOME committee member for Comlex-USA Level 2-CE, and serves as a council member on the Physician Workforce Advisory Council for the State of Florida Department of Health.