Cancer Center | Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Cancer & Blood Disorders Team

At Nicklaus Children's Hospital, our pediatric cancer physicians and nurses specialize in patient and parent driven care and giving hope to the children. We are accredited by the American College of Surgeon's Commission on Cancer, FACT, and the ANCC Magnet Program.

Pediatric Oncologists

Enrique A. Escalon, M.D.

Director, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Clinical Interests:

Athena C. Pefkarou, M.D.

Association Director, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Director, Sickle Cell Anemia Program
Clinical Interests:

Pediatric Neuro-Oncologists

Ziad A Khatib, MD

Director, Neuro Oncology Program
Clinical Interests:
Pediatric brain tumors, neuro-oncology, pediatric cancer treatment, chemotherapy, glioma


John Ragheb, MD

Director, Division of Neurosurgery
Aventura, Miami, Naples
Clinical Interests:
Neurosurgery, neurotrauma, brain tumors, spina bifida, tethered spinal cord, congenital anomalies

Sanjiv Bhatia, MD

Chief, Department of Surgery
Director, Operating Room
Aventura, Miami, Palm Beach Gardens
Clinical Interests:
Intractable epilepsy, brain tumors, vascular malformations, spinal dysraphism, neuroendoscopy, hydrocephalus and arachnoid cysts, brachial plexus injuries

Toba N Niazi, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Boynton Beach, Miami, Palm Beach Gardens
Clinical Interests:
Brain and spinal cord tumors, complex congenital or traumatic spinal disorders

Stem Cell Transplant

Kamar Godder, MD

Medical Director of Bone Marrow Transplant Program
Coral Gables, Miami
Clinical Interests:


Nolan R Altman, MD

Director, Department of Radiology
Clinical Interests:
Neuro-congenital malformations, metabolic diseases, vascular malformations, pediatric neuroradiology

Cancer & Blood Disorders Center Nurse Liaisons

  • Lilliam Rimblas, RN - Oncology Nurse Navigator
  • Kristen Mendez, ARNP - Survivorship Program Manager
  • Michelle Burke, MSN, ARNP, CPN, CPON
  • Myrna Colón, RN
  • Ana Diaz, ARNP
  • Ann McNeil, RN
  • Azeema Latiff, RN
  • Patricia Tavio, ARNP
  • Sarah Taylor, BSN, RN, CPON

Child Life Specialists

  • Elizabeth Ftizgibbons, CCLS


  • Jennifer Caceres

Social Workers

  • Nancy Mendoza
  • Stephanie McGuinness

Administrative Staff

  • Mikaelle Cazeau – Neuro Oncology Coordinator
  • Natalie Rodriguez - Neurosurgery
  • Claudia Vargas - Neuro Oncology
  • Raisa Gomez - Stem Cell Transplant
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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.