Meet the Pediatric Hospitalist Team

Hospitalist Physicians

All members of the hospitalist team are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and hold faculty appointments as clinical assistant professors at the Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Our pediatric hospitalists are employed by Nicklaus Children's Pediatric Specialists, the multispecialty physician group practice of Nicklaus Children's Health System.


Veronica Etinger, MD

Chief, Section of Hospital Medicine
Director, Division of Hospital Medicine

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Quality improvement, medical education and evidence-based medicine


Marcos A Mestre, MD

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Standardization of clinical pathways and efficient use of health care resources


Maria Behnam-Terneus, DO

Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Associate Director, Pediatric Hospitalist Fellowship Program

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: applying evidence-based medicine into practice and mentoring residents


Melissa C Clemente, MD

Program Director, Pediatric Hospitalist Fellowship

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Medical education and quality improvement


Andrea Maggioni, MD

Director of Global Health

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Jupiter, Miami


Christie A. de la Vega, MD

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Counseling patients and families, as well as quality improvement projects


Beatriz Franyie Ladd, MD

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Jupiter


Juan Carlos Meneses Paz, MD

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Jupiter


Luis M Perez-Burnes, MD

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Jupiter

Clinical Interests: Nephrology and critical care


Mario A Reyes, MD

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Jupiter


Anamaria Pulido, MD

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pain management, sedation, quality improvement initiatives and medical education.


De George Pediatric Unit Team

The De George Pediatric Unit at Jupiter Medical Center is a proud partnership with the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and the Lawrence J. and Florence A. De George Charitable Trust.


Cristina M Pirez De Cardenas, MD

Chief of Pediatrics, Jupiter Medical Center (JMC)
Medical Director, Mastroianni Family Pediatric Emergency Department, JMC
Medical Director, De George Pediatric Unit, JMC

Primary Office: Jupiter

Additional Office: Doral



Jackson Maina Nganga, MD

Primary Office: Jupiter

Clinical Interests: Pediatric critical care, acute asthma and minor surgery


Anita Narasimhan, MD

Primary Office: Jupiter

Clinical Interests: Pediatric emergency care and incorporating evidence-based practices into community pediatric settings


Kyle Luis Solari, MD

Primary Office: Jupiter

Additional Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Global health, sports medicine and preventive medicine


Kristen V Walker, MD

Primary Office: Jupiter

Additional Office: Palm City

Clinical Interests: Pediatric emergency medicine and pediatric asthma  


Nurse Practitioners

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Clara Miranda, APRN


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Jessica Quintana, APRN


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Elma Williford, APRN


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.