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, 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

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


Heather McCrea, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Miami

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


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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.
 


Ann E Hyslop Segeren, MD

Director, Neurocritical Care Program
Medical Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

Primary Office: Miami


Mercedes Bello, MD

Director, Sleep Disorders Program

Primary Office: Miami


Suzanne Esther Hagler, MD

Director, Headache Program

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Aventura

Clinical Interests: Headaches and migraines in children.


Ian O'Neil Miller, MD

Chief, Department of Neurology

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric Neurology and Neurophysiology


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

Pediatric Clinical Psychologists


Marisa Azaret, PsyD

Director, Division of Clinical Psychology

Primary Office: Miami

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


Rose M Alvarez-Salvat, PhD

Child/Pediatric Psychologist and Director of Training, Psychology Doctoral Internship Program

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Training and development, consultation-liaison services, pediatric health conditions, assessment, adjustment disorders, medication adherence, autism, developmental delays and learning disorders


Sara Rivero-Conil, PsyD

Clinical Manager and Pediatric Psychologist

Primary Office: Miami

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


Danette Beitra, PhD

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Adjustment, coping, quality of life, and resilience in response to life-threatening diagnoses



Leslie A Garrard, PsyD

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Miami


Ana Maria Ojeda, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Coral Gables, Miami

Clinical Interests: Psychiatric disorders including major depressive disorders, mood disorders including bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), along with the treatment and prevention of suicide and self-injury



Melissa A Reyes Salgueiro, PsyD

Child and Adolescent Psychologist

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Adolescent therapy, family therapy, anxiety, depression, learning disorders, assessment, learning disorders and developmental delays


Silvia Schiavelli Sommers, PsyD

Child and Adolescent Psychologist

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric psychology, pediatric and adult congenital heart disease, neonatology, family therapy, adjustment disorders, anxiety disorders, pain management, trauma and critical incident debriefings



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, Neurofibromatosis Program

Primary Office: 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

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
Director, Neuro Oncology Program

Primary Office: Miami

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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Patricia Angie Tavio, ARNP
Division of Neurosurgery
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Maria Isabel Walke, ARNP
Genetics Clinic
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Maria Pilar Gennaro, ARNP
Ketogenic Diet Program
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Ana M. Diaz, ARNP
Division of Neurosurgery

Nurse Practitioners specializing in Neurocritical Care

  • Kathryn Johnston, ARNP
  • Jaime Smith Mitchell, ARNP
  • Tammy Trabosh, ARNP
  • Ginel Capdevila, MSN, APRN, CPN
  • Natalie Llama, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Administrative Staff

  • Prasanna Jayakar, MD, PhD., Chairman
  • Michelle Parrales, Operations Manager
  • Angeles Barba, Director
  • Olga Conde, Manager

Research Scientists

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.