GME Committee (GMEC)

The Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) is responsible for the oversight of the GME programs. The Committee meets monthly.


GMEC members are comprised of voting members (Training Program Directors, Teaching Faculty, GME Institutional Administrative Director, Institutional Administrative Director of Risk & Quality, Safety & Innovation, and peer-selected Resident and Fellow Representatives), Chief Residents, non-voting Administrators (Ex-Officio member (CCO), Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO), Legal Counsel, VP for Ethics and Compliance, and Research Institute Director) and non-voting guests (Program Coordinators).

Resident and Fellow Representatives

GMEC Housestaff Reps are elected by their peers and have voting rights

  • Residents Class Reps (3 per class) occupy two seats per class for quorum purposes
  • Fellows' rep each occupy a seat

GMEC Attendance & Representation Expectations

Each of the Voting categories representation is expected to attend a minimum of 50% of the meetings annually. These categories include:

  • Individual training program leadership representation
  • A minimum of one resident & one fellow representation from the pool of selected representatives
  • A minimum of one teaching faculty member from a different department of program than the specialty training program
  • Quality improvement / Patient Safety Director/ Leader or Designee

Each co-representative pair occupy one slot (some with alternate)

A quorum is achieved when there is a minimum of 15 voting members present (1 +14) whereby the 14 members meet the following categories (unless excused) – 50% attendance for the total meetings per academic year is expected:

  • Minimum of 10 program directors/ Associate Program Director representing 50% of the training programs
  • Minimum of 2 trainees (1 resident and 1 fellow) from the pool of peer-selected member trainees
  • Minimum of 1 faculty from outside the specialty programs represented
  • Minimum of 1 Quality Improvement/Patient Safety representative
Co-Representative Co-Representative
Rani Gereige, MD, MPH
Chair; Executive Director of Medical Education
Designated Institutional Official (DIO)
DEI Physician Lead
Beatriz Cunill, MD
Vice Chair; GMEC
Director, Pediatric Core Program
Beatriz Cunill, MD
Director, Pediatric Core Program
Maria Behnam-Terneus, DO
Associate Prog Director, Pediatric Core Program
Mark Gabay, DO
Associate Prog Director, Pediatric Core Program
Bala Totapally, MD
Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Program
Michael Leoncio, DO
Associate Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Program
Salina Mostajabian, MD
Director, Adolescent Medicine Program
Jason Katz, MD
Director, Pediatric Cardiology Program
Michael Lopez, MD
Associate Director, Pediatric Cardiology Program
Michelle Blumstein, MD
Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Program
Ana Maria Paez, MD
Associate Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Program
Luis Caicedo Oquendo, MD
Director, Pediatric Gastroenterology Program
Lina Felipez, MD; Annette Medina, MD; & Carla Perez, MD
Associate Directors, Pediatric Gastroenterology Program
Melissa Clemente, MD
Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Program
Maria Behnam-Terneus, DO
Associate Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Program
Marytery Fajardo, MD
Director, Clinical Neurophysiology Program
Anuj Jayakar, MD
Associate Director, Clinical Neurophysiology Program
Vivian Hernandez-Trujillo, MD
Director, Allergy-Immunology Program
L. Santiago Medina, MD
Director, Pediatric Radiology Program
Enrique Alvarado Burgos, MD
Associate Director, Pediatric Radiology Program
Americo Padilla, MD
Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Program
Sean Horan, DO
Associate Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Program
Ziad Khatib, MD
Director, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Program
Haneen Abdella, MD
Associate Director, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Program
Miguel Castellan, MD
Director, Pediatric Urology Program
Daniel Nassau, MD
Associate Director, Pediatric Urology Program
Jordan Steinberg, MD
Director, Craniofacial Plastic Surgery Program
Fuad Alkhoury, MD
Director, Pediatric Surgery Program
Bhavi Patel, DO
Director, Pediatric CICU Program
John Ragheb, MD
Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Program
Thomas Errico, MD
Director, Pediatric Orthopedic Spine Program
Oscar Arevalo, DMD
Director, Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program
Rose M. Alvarez-Salvat, PhD
Director, Psychology Internship Program
Keith Meyer, MD
Director, Pediatric Neurocritical Care Program
Juan Carlos Meneses Paz, MD
Attending, Div of Hospitalist Services and/or Designee
Jefry Biehler, MD, MPH
Director, Med Students, FIU Ped Dept Chair
Julie Kantor, MD
Clerkship Director
Maria Milla, MD
Attending, Continuity Clinic General Pediatrics and/or Designee
Athena Pefkarou, MD
Attending, Div of Ped Hem/Onc
Magaly Diaz-Barbosa, MD
Attending, Chief Division of Neonatology (Admin)
Anamaria Pulido, MD
Attending, Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Christie De La Vega, DO
Attending, Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Marisa Azaret, PsyD
Psychologist, Chief Div. of Psychology (Admin)
Pedro Pagan, MD
Attending, Pediatric Endocrinology
Camila Gonzalez Aragon, MD
Chief Residents, PGY4
Alejandra Frauenfelder Sanchez, MD
Chief Residents, PGY4
PGY1 Rep: Janelle Torres, DO
Pediatric Resident, PGY1
PGY1 Rep: Samantha Shear, DO
PGY1 Rep: Santiago Campos, MD
Pediatric Residents, PGY1
PGY2 Rep: Daniela Castro, DO
PGY2 Rep: Milena Fraustro Sanchez, MD
Pediatric Residents, PGY2
PGY2 Rep: Breyonna Maddox, DO
Pediatric Resident, PGY2
PGY3 Rep: Ifrah Waheed, MD
Pediatric Resident, PGY3
PGY3 Rep: Luis Durkac, MD
PGY3 Rep: Veronica Echanove, MD
Pediatric Residents, PGY3
Fellows Rep: Stephanie San Martin, MD
Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellow - PGY5
Fellows Rep: Callie Alt, MD
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow - PGY4
Fellows Rep:  Ana Luisa Graneiro, MD
Allergy-Immunology Fellow - PGY5
Fellows Rep: Alexandra Byrne, MD
Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellow - PGY5
Fellows Rep: Freddy Martin, MD
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow - PGY6
Fellows Rep: Caleb Murray, DO
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellow - PGY6
Dental Resident Rep: Fitz Brooks, DMD
Pediatric Dentistry Resident - Chief Resident
Elizabeth Menocal, CPMSM, CPCS
Department Administrative Director
VP of Clinical Affairs
Randy Harmatz Matott
VP/ Chief Quality Officer
Director of Patient Safety
Frederick Trent
Quality Resource Administrator
Perry Ann Reed, MBA, MS, FACHE
Senior Vice President, & COO; Nicklaus Children's Health System
President, Nicklaus Children's Hospital
Gabriel Cardenas, MPH (or Designee)
Data Analyst, Analytics & Data, Research Institute
Amee Hall, PhD
Research Educator, Research Institute
Ana Otero, C-TAGME
Institutional Coordinator, Medical Education
Alina Gonzalez, C-TAGME
Lead Residency Coordinator, Medical Education
Brandy Bluett, C-TAGME
Fellowship Coordinator, Medical Education
Galia Huerta, C-TAGME
Residency Coordinator, Medical Education
Jacqueline Vassallo
Fellowship Coordinator, Medical Education
Nancy Vega
Fellowship Coordinator, Medical Education
Gloria Montecelo
Fellowship Coordinator, Medical Education
Sary Soler
Fellowship Coordinator, Medical Education
Catalina Dunoyer
Kelly Reardon
Pediatric Dentistry Coordinator
Monica Martinez

Roles and Responsibilities of the GMEC (Click to view)