Meet the Emergency and Pediatric Trauma Team

M. Antonella Denaro, DO

Director, Division of Emergency Medicine
Clinical Interests:

Leopoldo Malvezzi, MD

Director, Medical Trauma
Clinical Interests:
Vascular surgery and pancreatic islet transplantation, robotic surgery

Michelle Dawn Blumstein, MD

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

See all Pediatric Emergency Physicians.

Emergency Department Leadership

Administrative Director: Michael Cashette
Nurse Manager:

  • Janice Yanez
  • Christina Serrano
  •  Gary Stout

Clinical Nurse Specialists:

  • Daniela Ricci
  • Diana Gomez

Emergency Department 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. 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. 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

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.

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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.