Heart Program - Pediatric Cardiology

Pediatric Cardiologists and Cardiac Surgeons

Program Leadership

The pediatric cardiologists at the Heart Program diagnose, treat and manage the care of children of all ages with heart problems.


Anthony F Rossi, MD

Director, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
PSA Chief, Section of Cardiovascular Medicine

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Congenital heart surgery, congenital heart defects, improvement of post-operative care


Redmond P Burke, MD

Director, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery
PSA Chief, Section of Cardiovascular Surgery

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complex aortic arch reconstruction, minimizing surgery trauma, surgical innovation and technology


Cardiovascular Surgery

The Heart Program’s pediatric cardiac surgeons perform a wide range of heart procedures, including surgical repair of complex congenital heart defects.


Kristine J Guleserian, MD

PSA Senior Director, Heart Failure and Transplant Program

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Cardiac morphology and pathology, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complex aortic arch reconstruction, heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support of the failing heart


Robert L Hannan, MD

PSA Senior Director, Quality and Analytics

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Minimally invasive cardiac surgery, mechanical support of failing hearts in children, congenital heart surgery ​clinical outcomes


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Outpatient Cardiology


David M Drossner, MD

Director, Ambulatory Outpatient Cardiology

Primary Office: Palm Beach Gardens

Additional Offices: Miami, Stuart

Clinical Interests: Outpatient cardiology, fetal cardiology, neurodevelopment in children with heart disease, preventive medicine


Yadira L Martinez-Fernandez, MD

Director, Outpatient Cardiology
Co-Director, NeuroCardiac and Developmental Program

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Outpatient cardiology, congenital heart disease, preventive cardiology, echochardiography


James David Enos, MD

Pediatric Cardiologist

Primary Office: Boynton Beach

Additional Office: Miami

Clinical Interests:

Fetal cardiology, advanced cardiac imaging, neurodevelopment and medical education


Danyal M Khan, MD

Pediatric Cardiologist

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Weston

Clinical Interests: Congenital heart disease, cardiac intensive care


Michael Manuel Lopez, MD

Pediatric Cardiologist

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Congenital heart disease, arrhythmia and cardiac channelopathies


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Cardiac Noninvasive Imaging

Cardiac imaging doctors use the most advanced technology to capture images of a patient’s heart. These various techniques allow physicians to make accurate diagnoses and determine the best treatment for each patient.


Juan Carlos G Muniz, MD

Director, Cardiac Non-Invasive Imaging

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Multimodality heart imaging and 3D modeling of complex anatomical lesions


Nao Sasaki, MD

Pediatric Cardiologist

Primary Office: Miami

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


Elizabeth Welch, MD

Director, Echocardiography Lab

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Morphology, 3D imaging.


Cardiac Intensive Care

Cardiac intensivists are doctors with special training in pediatric cardiac intensive care. The Heart Program features a state-of-the-art 34-bed dedicated pediatric cardiac intensive care unit (CICU) with an entire team of doctors and nursed devoted to the care of children with cardiac conditions.


Juan M Bolivar, MD

Director, Cardiac Intensive Care

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric intensive care


Jason C Katz, MD

Director, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric critical care, supporting advanced training for future pediatric cardiologists


Bhavi Patel, DO

Cardiac Intensivist

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Early extubation post-cardiac surgery, quality improvement, safety and efficiency in transfer of patient care.


Madalsa Dipak Patel, MD

Cardiac Intensivist

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Factors effecting postoperative care of cardiac patients, simulation, medical education


Darline Santana-Acosta, MD

Cardiac Intensivist

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Risk factors influencing clinical outcomes in neonatal congenital heart disease surgery


Jun Sasaki, MD

Cardiac Intensivist

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Non-invasive hemodynamic monitoring, perioperative morbidity of Fontan procedure


Interventional Cardiology

Interventional cardiologists use non-surgical techniques to diagnose and treat certain conditions that affect the heart. This technique uses catheters that are threaded through a patient's blood vessels. 


Lourdes Rosa Prieto, MD

Pediatric and Adult Congenital

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Palm Beach Gardens

Clinical Interests: All types of transcatheter interventions for congenital heart disease in both children and adults.


Patcharapong Suntharos, MD

Interventional Cardiologist

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests:  Various types of transcatheter interventions for both children and adults with congenital heart disease
 


Electrophysiology

Our Cardiac electrophysiologists are specialized cardiologists that have been trained to diagnose and monitor the electrical activities of the heart.


Ronald J Kanter, MD

Director, Electrophysiology

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Palm Beach Gardens

Clinical Interests: Electrophysiology, cardiac channelopathies, syncope, arrhytmia, pacemakers, implantable defibrillators, catheter ablation of tachycardia substrates


Sherrie Joy A Baysa, MD

Pediatric Electrophysiologist

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Aventura, Weston

Clinical Interests: Arrhythmias, cardiac channelopathies, sudden cardiac death, congenital heart disease, catheter ablation, pacemakers and implantable defibrillators


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Cardiac Anesthesiologists


Christopher F Tirotta, MD

Chief, Department of Anesthesiology
Director, Cardiac Anesthesia

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric anesthesiology, pre-operative education of children, clinical research


Danielle Ramos Madril, MD

Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiologist

Clinical Interests: Pediatric cardiact anesthesia, congenital heart disease repair, volunteering for humanitary causes


Richard G. Lagueruela, MD

Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiologist
Director, Anesthesia Credentialing

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric cardiac anesthesia, heart and lung transplants


Nurse Practitioners Specialized in Pediatric Cardiology

Our nurse practitioners coordinate care for patients and communication between all team members. They will provide continuity of care between inpatient and outpatient settings. This includes educating families and staff about heart conditions, ordering diagnostic tests and managing medications, keeping your family, your child and the referring physician informed about progress and visiting your child daily while they are in the hospital.
Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU)
  • Carmen Fraga-Soto, ARNP
  • Mila Tablante, ARNP
  • Luisa Angel, ARNP
  • Lisa Sosa Tuesta, ARNP
  • Melissa Vidaechea, ARNP
Cardiac Step Down Unit
  • Gina Diaz, ARNP
  • Marcelle Reyes, ARNP
Catheterization Lab
  • Melissa Olen, ARNP
Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Lynda Rusinowski, ARNP
  • Jane Salvaggio, ARNP
  • Chantel Mouttet, ARNP
  • Jessica Miller, ARNP
  • Cristi Tyler, ARNP
High Risk Clinic
  • Stefania Sarno, ARNP
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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.