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Emergency Department

Meet the Emergency Department Team

Emergency Department Leadership

PSA Chief of the Section of Emergency Medicine
Administrative Director
Michael Cashette
Nurse Manager
Janice Yanez
Nurse Manager
Christina Serrano
Nurse Manager
Gary Stout
Clinical Nurse Specialists
Daniela Ricci
Clinical Nurse Specialists
Diana Gomez

Clinical Coordinators

Rebecca Collier
Kristen Post
Naida Lugo
Kessoon Dillon
Yareed Thomas-Suita
Efren Izquierdo
Peter Cruz

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physicians

Dr. Kresimir Aralica
Dr. Muna Azzo
Dr. Rodney Baker
Dr. Michelle Blumstein
Dr. William Coombs
Dr. Antonella Denaro
Dr. John Dunlop
Dr. Karen Franco
Dr. Marla Friedman
Dr. Paul A. Khalil
Dr. Marc Linares
Dr. David Lowe
Dr. Taj Madiwale
Dr. Vincenzo Maniaci
Dr. Ana Paez
Dr. Barbara Pena
Dr. Richard Raffaele
Dr. Michael Rizkalla
Dr. Oranit Shaked
Dr. Nestor Valeron
Dr. Jose Vargas-Loayza
Dr. Eugenio Vazquez

Emergency Department Pediatricians

Dr. Laila BenBouzid
Dr. Tamara Biller
Dr. Ana Maria Castaneda
Dr. Carlos Colon
Dr. Rosa Cuen-Leon
Dr. Mark Gabay
Dr. Maria Gonzalez-Diaz
Dr. Benazeer Jawaid
Dr. Alberto Lopez
Dr. Raquel Martinez
Dr. Sobia Naeem
Dr. Julia Oliveira
Dr. Lizbeth Saint-Hilaire


Nicklaus Children's Hospital, understands the critical role that ED nurses have in the handling of emergencies.

All nursing staff must be certified in:

  • ACLS (Advance Cardiac Life Support),
  • BLS (Basic Life Support),
  • PALS (Pediatric Advance Life Support),
  • CPI (Crisis Prevention Intervention)
  • and attend the Pediatric Trauma Course.

In addition, most of the RN staff are certified in ENPC (Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course),and TNCC (Trauma Nursing Core Curriculum). Several of the staff are certified to teach PALS, ACLS, ENPC and TNCC.

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LifeFlight Award of Excellence Recipient 2016

Awarded Best Pediatric Emergency Room in Miami-Dade County by South Florida Parenting

Awarded Best Pediatric Emergency Room in Miami-Dade County by South Florida Parenting.

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