Pediatric Neurologists and Neurosurgeons

Nicklaus Children's Brain Institute is home to a unique multidisciplinary team of specialists, nurses, technologists, therapists and caregivers who provide unrivalled care, delivered with compassion and empathy for the children we treat and the families we serve.

Pediatric Neurosurgeons

Our neurosurgery team works with other pediatric specialists at Nicklaus Children’s to establish an accurate diagnosis, develop a specialized treatment plan and provide comprehensive treatment to all patients.


John Ragheb, MD

Chief, Department of Surgery
Director, Division of Neurosurgery

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Aventura, Naples

Clinical Interests: Neurosurgery, neurotrauma, brain tumors, spina bifida, tethered spinal cord, congenital anomalies


Gregory W Hornig, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Boynton Beach, Naples, Palm Beach Gardens

Clinical Interests: Hydrocephalus, epilepsy, spasticity, trauma and brain tumors


Toba N Niazi, MD

Medical Director, Neuro-Oncology Surgical Services

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Brain and spinal cord tumors, cerebral palsy, spasticity and movement disorders, complex congenital or traumatic spinal disorders


Shelly Wang, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Palm Beach Gardens

Clinical Interests: Epilepsy, hydrocephalus, congenital and developmental anomalies of the central nervous system, as well as neurotrauma


Heather J McCrea, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Primary Office: Miami

Practice Name: UM - Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Additional Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Brain tumors, hydrocephalus, neurotrauma, congenital and developmental anomalies of the central nervous system


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Pediatric Clinical Psychologists

Our team of psychologists are part of the team of multidisciplinary specialists that provide support and treatment as part of a comprehensive approach to patient care. See all psychologists that collaborate with the Brain Institute.


Marisa Azaret, PsyD

Director, Department of Clinical Psychology

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric psychology, parenting skills training, adolescent development, mental health prevention


Pediatric Neurologists

The neurologists at Nicklaus Children’s specialize in caring for children with a wide range of neurological conditions such as epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, autism, developmental disorders, behavioral issues and sleep disturbances.

Neuro Network PartnersPediatric Neurology physicians are employed by Neuro Network Partners (NNP), a private physician practice.
 


Paula Padua Schleifer, MD

Interim Chief, Neurology
Director, Neurogenetics Program

Primary Office: Miami

Practice Name: Neuro Network Partners


Mercedes Bello, MD

Medical Director, Sleep Disorders Center

Primary Office: Palmetto Bay

Additional Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric sleep disorders, autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and epilepsy


Mark A Epstein, MD

Medical Director, Brain Development Network Program

Primary Office: Weston

Practice Name: Neuro Network Partners


Suzanne Esther Hagler, MD

Pediatric Neurologist

Primary Office: Weston

Clinical Interests: Headaches and migraines in children


Sayed Z Naqvi, MD

Co-Medical Director, Inpatient Neurology

Primary Office: Miami

Practice Name: Neuro Network Partners


Anuj Jayakar, MD

Medical Director, Neurocritical Care Program

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric stroke, ICU EEG and management of prolonged seizures


See all pediatric Neurologists on the Nicklaus Children's Hospital medical staff.

Pediatric Neuropsychologists


Reshma Babra Naidoo, PhD

NCPS Director, Cognitive Neuroscience
Pediatric Neuropsychologist and Neurorehabilitation Specialist

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric and adolescent neuropsychological assessments, cognitive rehabilitation, neuro-rehabilitation, neurogenetic assessment, neuro-cardiac assessment, neuro-oncology assessment, neuro-developmental assessment, epilepsy neuropsychological evaluations


Brandon M Korman, PsyD, PhD

Supervisor, Fellowship, Internship, and Advanced Practicum in Pediatric Neuropsychology

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric and adolescent neuropsychological assessment, epilepsy neuropsychological evaluations, memory, disorders of attention and executive skills


Kayleen S Ball, PsyD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Congenital heart defects, epilepsy, pediatric stroke, neuro-oncology/acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), solid organ transplant and mitochondrial diseases


Multidisciplinary Program Directors


Nolan R Altman, MD

Director, Department of Radiology

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Neuro-congenital malformations, metabolic diseases, vascular malformations, pediatric neuroradiology


Mislen S Bauer, MD

Director, Craniofacial Center
Director, Neurofibromatosis Program

Primary Office: Miami

Practice Name: Clinical Genetics Associates

Clinical Interests: Craniofacial deformities, neurofibromatosis


Parul B Jayakar, MD

Director, Division of Clinical Genetics and Metabolism
Director, Neurogenetics/ Metabolic Program
Director, Miami Genetic Laboratories
NCPS Chief, Clinical Genetics and Metabolism

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Autism, genetic syndromes, dysmorphism, metabolism errors, chromomal abnormalities, congenital anomalies, neurodegenerative diseases, cytogenetics, biochemical genetics


Ziad A Khatib, MD

Vice President of the Medical Staff
Neuro Oncology Program

Primary Office: Miami

Practice Name: Kidz Medical Services, Inc.

Clinical Interests: Pediatric brain tumors, neuro-oncology, pediatric cancer treatment, chemotherapy, glioma


John W Kuluz, MD

Director, Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion Clinic

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: West Kendall

Clinical Interests: Spinal cord injury, stroke, ischemic brain injury


Nurse Practitioners Specialized in Pediatric Neurology

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Aileen M. Rodriguez, ARNP
Clinical coordinator, Epilepsy Program
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Patricia M. Dean, ARNP
Epilepsy Outcomes Clinic
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Maria Isabel Walke, ARNP
Genetics Clinic
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Maria Pilar Gennaro, ARNP
Ketogenic Diet Program

Nurse Practitioners specializing in Neurosurgery

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Patricia A. Tavio, MSN, APRN, CPN, CNRN, NP-C
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Ana Diaz APRN, MSN, PNP-BC, CPON, CNRN
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Ginel Capdevila, MSN, APRN, CPN

Nurse Practitioners specializing in Neurocritical Care

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Kathryn Johnston MSN, APRN, CPNP-AC, CCRN
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Tammy Trabosh, APRN, CPNP-AC/PC
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Jaime Smith Mitchell, APRN, FNP-C

Research Affiliates

  • Malek Adjouadi, PhD

 A physician identified with a Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Specialists logo is an employee of Nicklaus Children's Health System. All other physicians listed on the website are in private medical practices.