Meet the Physician Liaison Team

The Physician Liaisons and Outreach Services team connects with physicians, practice staff and other healthcare providers in multiple areas at a local, regional and national level to assist with service line access improvement and practice management support. Our goal is to visit, engage, educate and effectively communicate and serve physicians, practice staff, and other healthcare providers to develop and build lasting relationships as well as inspire loyalty.

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Saima Aftab, MD

Vice President of Organizational Initiatives

Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Dr. Saima Aftab is a neonatologist and the Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Specialists (NCPS) chief of the Section of Neonatology. She also serves as vice president of Organizational Initiatives for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. In this role, Dr. Aftab is vital to the planning and development of programs aligned to the strategic and tactical vision for the hospital. She leads business development initiatives, identifies new growth areas and assesses strategic partnerships and market opportunities to move the organization forward. In addition, Dr. Aftab provides leadership to the hospital’s Global Health initiative, Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Virtual Care telehealth service, and the Physician Liaison team, the outreach group that works closely with community physicians.


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Olga Laurenti

Manager, Physician Liaison Services

Olga Laurenti Manager of Physician Outreach, Olga has over 15 years of experience in HealthCare  and Business Development. Her drive is directed at working with and for others. She derives particular satisfaction from doing things for others, for the company, for her management, for the team and for the company's customers. When she is not working, you will most likely catch her with her family at a sporting event.


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Samantha Lesmes

Physician Liaison

Samantha Lesmes is a Physician Liaison in the Miami-Dade territory.  She has over 10 years of experience in healthcare operations and business development. Her focus is to build relationships with physicians and industry leaders. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, working out and spending time with family.


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Renee Jadusingh

Physician Liaison

Renee Jadusingh is a Physician Liaison in the Broward County territory. Prior to joining the Physician Outreach Team she was the Manager for the Child Life and Music Therapy Departments. She has been a part of the Nicklaus Children’s Family for over 10 years.


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Ravie Maharaj

Physician Liaison

Ravie Maharaj is a Physician Liaison in the Palm Beach territory.  He has over 20 years of experience in marketing and business development with an emphasis in building strong relationships with medical personnel, physicians and industry leaders.  In his spare time he enjoys reading, playing tennis and spending time with his family.

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Amanda Verdez

Miami Dade Physician Liaison

Amanda Verdez is a Physician Liaison in the Miami-Dade territory. After earning her bachelor’s in public relations, advertising and applied communications from Florida International University, she entered the healthcare world to explore her passion for patient care and business development. She has 5 years of experience in healthcare with a concentration in patient advocacy. In her spare time she enjoys weight training, traveling and spending time with family.


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Alfredo Barquin

Physician Outreach Data Analyst

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