Meet the Neuromuscular & Movement Disorders Program Team

The program brings together an entire team of pediatric specialists to consult in the diagnosis and management of each child during monthly collaborative clinics. This team approach simplifies the care journey for families, enabling them to consult with all needed specialists during a single clinic visit and benefit from the collective assessment of the entire team.

Monica M Payares-Lizano, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: West Kendall

Clinical Interests: Cerebral palsy, general orthopedics, neuromuscular disorders and musculoskeletal trauma


Yadira L Martinez-Fernandez, MD

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

Primary Office: Miami

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


Maria E Franco, MD

President of the Medical Staff

Primary Office: Miami

Practice Name: Pediatric Pulmonology Group of South Florida

Clinical Interests: pediatric pulmonology


Parul B Jayakar, MD

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

Primary Office: Miami

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


Verena M Schreiber, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Pinecrest

Clinical Interests: Neuromuscular disorders such as cerebral palsy, pediatric and adolescent hip conditions, and orthopedic trauma


  • Claudia Vargas, Clinic Coordinator

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