Meet the Fetal Care Center Team

Saima Aftab, MD

Director, Fetal Care Center
Medical Director, Victor Center

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Neonatology, delivery room resuscitation, incorporating high fidelity simulation in practice to ensure the highest quality of care in code situations.


Fuad Alkhoury, MD

Director, Neonatal General Surgery

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Hepatobiliary and intra-thoracic pathology, neonatal and fetal medicine with focus on minimally invasive approach, pediatric robotic surgery.


Esperanza Pacheco-Jacome, MD

Director, Fetal Imaging
Co-Director, Neuroradiology

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric radiology, pediatric neuroradiology, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), fetal MRI, congenital malformations, embryology, epilepsy


Nao Sasaki, MD

Pediatric Cardiologist

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Cardiac MRI, transthoracic, transesophageal and fetal echocardiogram.


Parul B Jayakar, MD

Director, Division of Clinical Genetics and Metabolism
Director, Neurogenetics/ Metabolic Program
Director, Miami Genetic Laboratories
Director, Clinical Genetics

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Autism, genetic syndromes, dysmorphism, metabolism errors, chromomal abnormalities, congenital anomalies, neurodegenerative diseases, cytogenetics, biochemical genetics


Isidro R Martinez, MD

Site Director of Ob Hospitalist Group

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Mauldin


Lillian M DeCosimo, MD

OB/GYN

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Mauldin


Meera K Nasir, MD

OB/GYN

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Mauldin


Administrative Staff

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Carolyn Domina, MSN, ARNP, CNOR, CAN-BC

Director

As Director for the Fetal Care Center/Special Delivery Unit, Ms. Domina is responsible for leading initiatives to support the program's development, including the creation of the maternity units, as well as the overall enhancements to the surgical services departments. She previously served as Administrative Director of Surgical Services at Nicklaus Children's, where she was responsible for overseeing nine operating rooms and more than 200 employees. Ms. Domina has a bachelor's degree in nursing from Barry University and a master's degree in nursing from University of Miami. She is a member of the American Association of Operating Room Nurses and the American Nurses Association.
 

Christina Mellon

Nurse Manager, Fetal Care Center

Ms. Mellon serves as the Nurse Manager for the Fetal Care Center and Director of the Horizon Nurse Residency Program. She has served in several capacities during her time at Nicklaus Children’s including float pool and staff relief team manager as well as leader of the Horizon Nurse Residency and Student Nurse Intern Programs. Prior to joining Nicklaus Children's, Ms. Mellon served in the Women's Services Department at Mercy Hospital. She has a Master's degree in Nursing Leadership and Management from the University of Central Florida, and earned her Bachelor's degree in nursing from Florida International University. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
 

Eileen Garcell-Garcia, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Patient Navigator

As a patient navigator, Ms. Garcell-Garcia serves as the first point of contact for families seeking services of the Fetal Care Center. Prior to joining Nicklaus Children's, she was a lactation consultant and registered nurse in the obstetrics unit at Homestead Hospital-Baptist Health System. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing at Nova Southeastern University. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
 

Vanessa Rodriguez, RN, BSN

Patient Navigator

As a patient navigator, Ms. Rodriguez serves as a first point of contact for families seeking services of the Fetal Care Center. Prior to joining Nicklaus Children's, she provided bedside care to mothers and newborns as a transition nurse at Homestead Hospital and North Shore Medical Center. Ms. Rodriguez received her bachelor's degree in Nursing from Nova Southeastern University. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

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