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
Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:

Athena C. Pefkarou, M.D.

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

Guillermo Roberto De Angulo, M.D.

Pediatric Hematology-Oncologist
Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:

Pediatric Neuro-Oncologists


Ziad A Khatib, MD

Director, Neuro Oncology Program
Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Brain tumors, pediatric cancer treatment

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:

Neurosurgeons


John Ragheb, MD

Director, Division of Neurosurgery
Locations:
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
Locations:
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
Locations:
Aventura,Miami,Miramar
Clinical Interests:
Brain and spinal cord tumors, complex congenital or traumatic spinal disorders

Endocrinologists


Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Diabetes

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Obesity, metabolic disorders, POCS, type 2 diabetes

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:

Stem Cell Transplant


Locations:
Coral Gables,Miami
Clinical Interests:

Neuroradiologists


Nolan R Altman, MD

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



Esperanza Pacheco-Jacome, MD

Director, Fetal Imaging
Co-Director, Neuroradiology
Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Pediatric radiology, pediatric neuroradiology, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), fetal MRI, congenital malformations, embryology, epilepsy


Radiotherapists


Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:

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

Dietitian

  • 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.