The Brain Institute

Pediatric Neurologists & 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

Interim Chief, Department of Surgery
Director, Division of Neurosurgery

Locations: Aventura, Miami, Naples

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

Gregory W Hornig, MD


Locations: Miami

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

Toba N Niazi, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Locations: Boynton Beach, Miami, Palm Beach Gardens

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

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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.

Roberto F Tuchman, MD

Director, Neurology

Locations: Miami, Weston

Clinical Interests: Pediatric neurology, neurodevelopmental disorders including autism, ADHD, epilepsy and learning disorders.

Ann E Hyslop Segeren, MD

Director, Neurocritical Care Program

Locations: Miami

Carlos A Gadia, MD

Director, Brain Development Network Program

Locations: Aventura, Weston

Ian O'Neil Miller, MD

Director, Epilepsy and Neurophysiology Program

Locations: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric Neurology and Neurophysiology

Mark A. Epstein, M.D.

Director, Brain Development Network Program

Locations: Aventura, Weston

Mercedes Bello, MD

Director, Sleep Disorders Program

Locations: Miami

Michael S Duchowny, MD

Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

Locations: Miami

Clinical Interests: Epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome

Migvis Monduy, MD

Director, Motor and Movement Disorders Program

Locations: Miami, Weston

Clinical Interests: Cerebral palsy and spasticity disorders, neuromuscular disorders, movement disorders

Paula Padua Schleifer, MD

Director, Neurogenetics Program

Locations: Miami, Palmetto Bay

Suzanne Esther Hagler, MD

Director, Headache Program

Locations: Miami

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

Pediatric Psychologists & Neuropsychologists

Marisa Azaret, PsyD

Clinical Director, Division of Psychology

Locations: Coral Gables, Miami

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

Brandon M Korman, PsyD, PhD

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

Locations: Miami

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

Reshma Babra Naidoo, Ph.D.

PSA Director, Cognitive Neuroscience
Pediatric Neuropsychologist and Neurorehabilitation Specialist

Locations: 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

Sara Rivero-Conil, PsyD

Pediatric Psychologist

Locations: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric psychology, adjustment disorder, pediatric health conditions, bereavement, anxiety, ADHD, medication adherence, and pain management. 

Multidisciplinary Program Directors

Nolan R Altman, MD

Director, Department of Radiology

Locations: Miami

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

Mislen S Bauer, MD

Director, Neurofibromatosis Program

Locations: Miami

Clinical Interests: Craniofacial deformities, neurofibromatosis

Parul B Jayakar, MD

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

Locations: Miami

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

Ziad A Khatib, MD

Director, Neuro Oncology Program

Locations: Miami

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

John W Kuluz, MD

Director, Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion Clinic

Locations: Miami

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

Nurse Practitioners Specialized in Pediatric Neurology

Aileen M. Rodriguez, ARNP
Clinical coordinator, Epilepsy Program
Patricia M. Dean, ARNP
Epilepsy Outcomes Clinic
Patricia Angie Tavio, ARNP
Division of Neurosurgery
Maria Isabel Walke, ARNP
Genetics Clinic
Maria Pilar Gennaro, ARNP
Ketogenic Diet Program
Ana M. Diaz, ARNP
Division of Neurosurgery

Nurse Practitioners specializing in Neurocritical Care

  • Kathryn Anne Johnston, ARNP
  • Jaime Smith Mitchell, ARNP
  • Tammy Lynn Trabosh, ARNP

Administrative Staff

  • Prasanna Jayakar, MD, PhD., Chairman
  • Umar Ahmad, Service Line Lead
  • Michelle Parrales, Operations Manager
  • Angeles Barba, Director
  • Olga Conde, Manager

Research Scientists

Research Affiliates

  • Malek Adjouadi, PhD
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 Physicians identified with a Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA) logo are employees of PSA, which is part of Nicklaus Children's Health System, and are not employees of Nicklaus Children's Hospital. All other physicians listed on the website are in private medical practices.