Meet the Emergency and Pediatric Trauma Team

Meet the Emergency and Pediatric Trauma Team


Rodney L Baker, MD

Director, Division of Emergency Medicine

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Toxicology and throughput in emergency medicine


Leopoldo Malvezzi, MD

Director, Medical Trauma

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Vascular surgery and pancreatic islet transplantation, robotic surgery


Michelle Dawn Blumstein, MD

Associate Director, Medical Trauma

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Trauma management, injury prevention and emergency room utilization


See all Pediatric Emergency Physicians.

Emergency Department Leadership

  • Mayi Ramirez, Interim Director of Operations Emergency & Trauma
  • Simone Carter, Nurse Manager
  • Peter Cruz, Nurse Manager
  • Yareed Thomas-Suita, Nurse Manager
  • Daniela Ricci, Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Diana Gomez, Clinical Nurse Specialist

Emergency Department Clinical Coordinators

  • Franco Figueroa
  • Kassandra Ramos
  • Erika Diaz
  • Jonathan Gonzalez
  • Stephanie Forrester

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physicians

  • Dr. Kresimir Aralica
  • Dr. Muna Azzo
  • Dr. Rodney Baker
  • Dr. Michelle Blumstein
  • Dr. Naiomi Cohen
  • Dr. William Coombs
  • Dr. Antonella Denaro
  • Dr. John Dunlop
  • Dr. Yanetsi Flores Landa 
  • Dr. Karen Franco
  • Dr. Marla Friedman
  • Dr. Marc Linares
  • Dr. David Lowe
  • Dr. Taj Madiwale
  • Dr. Vincenzo Maniaci
  • Dr. Ana Paez
  • Dr. Barbara Pena
  • Dr. Richard Raffaele
  • Dr. Ellie Rakovchik
  • Dr. Michael Rizkalla
  • Dr. Oranit Shaked
  • Dr. Charles Suastegui
  • Dr. Nestor Valeron
  • Dr. Jose Vargas-Loayza
  • Dr. Ronald Vasquez

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

Pediatric Trauma Nurses


Samantha Troncoso-Muñoz, RN
Trauma Registry RN Coordinator

Shakeva Swain, MSN, RN, CPN, TCRN
Trauma Program Manager

Malvina Duncan, RN
Community Outreach Programs Educator / Safe Kids Miami County Coordinator / Injury Prevention Coordinator

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.

Nicklaus Children's Pediatric Specialists
 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.