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Meet the Cancer Center Team

At Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, our pediatric cancer physicians and nurses specialize in patient and parent driven care and giving hope to the children. If you would like to hear more about our specialized care of children in the Hematology and Oncology service please feel free to contact us.

Cancer Center Physicians

Enrique Escalon, M.D.

Enrique Escalon, M.D.† 
Director, Division of Hematology - Oncology and Cancer Center

Dr. Escalon earned his medical degree from University of El Salvador Medical School. He served his residency at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, and was appointed chief resident in 1974. Dr. Escalon completed his fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, and is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology-oncology. Dr. Escalon has also served since 1990 as Principal Nicklaus Children's Hospital Investigator for the Children’s Oncology Group, a prestigious national cancer research organization in which Nicklaus Children's Hospital holds membership status.

Athena Christodoulou-Pefkarou, M.D.

Athena Christodoulou-Pefkarou, M.D.† 
Association Director, Division of Hematology-Oncology, Director of Hematology-Oncology Clinics and Sickle Cell Anemia Program

Dr. Pefkarou received her medical degree from University College Medical School at London University in London, England. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore and a fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital. Dr. Pefkarou is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology-oncology.

Dr. Pefkarou can be reached at Athena.Pefkarou@mch.com

Ziad Ahmad Khatib, M.D.

Ziad Ahmad Khatib, M.D. † 
Director Neuro-Oncology, Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Dr. Khatib received his medical degree from American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and a fellowship in hematology-oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Khatib is a member of the American Society Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology and the Society of Neuro-Oncology. He participates in conducting research studies involving children with brain tumors and testing new approaches for cancer treatment.

Dr. Khatib can be reached at ZiadAhmad.Khatib@mch.com

Ziad Ahmad Khatib, M.D.

Guillermo R. DeAngulo, M.D.† 
Hematologist-Oncologist, Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Dr. De Angulo received his medical degree at the Escuela de Ciencias Medicas/Universidad Autonoma de Centro America in San Jose, Costa Rica. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Driscoll Children’s Hospital/Texas A&M University College of Medicine and a fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. During his fellowship he was awarded the Young Investigator Travel Award by the American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology. Dr. De Angulo is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology-oncology. Dr. De Angulo actively participates in research. He has published and has presented research outcomes at numerous national and international conferences.

Dr. De Angulo can be reached at Guillermo.deangulo@mch.com

† These physicians are not employed by Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital.

 

Cancer Center Nurses

Michelle Burke

Michelle Burke, MSN, ARNP, CPN, CPON
Clinical Specialist for Hematology and Oncology
3North, BMT & Infusion Unit
EMail: Michelle.burke@mch.com
Telephone: 305-663-8575

Pediatric hematology oncology has been my specialty for the last 17 years at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital. Being a “pediatric cancer nurse” and providing education to those affected by pediatric cancer and hematology diseases is what I do best. I love to have the opportunity to teach others and share my knowledge. Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, has many educational courses offered for healthcare professionals on a variety of pediatric, hematology and oncology topics. Feel free to contact me for more details.

sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor, BSN, RN, CPON
Nurse Manager
Hematology/Oncology, Bone Marrow Transplant and
Infusion Services
Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital
Email: Sarah.Taylor@mch.com
(305) 666-6511 ext 2626

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology has been my true passion throughout my nursing career.  It is my mission every day to ensure that our patients and families receive the highest quality of care, compassion, and hope.  Please feel free to contact my anytime for more information.

We are accredited by the American College of Surgeon's Commission on Cancer, FACT, and the ANCC Magnet Program. We would like to share our passion and love for the children with you.
Physicians with the PSA badge are employed by Pediatric Specialists of America, part of Miami Children's Health System.

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