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The pediatric surgery practice of Cathy Burnweit, MD, Leopoldo Malvezzi, MD, Colin G. Knight, MD and Carmen Ramos, MD attends to the surgical needs of Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital’s patients. Each year the Nicklaus Children's Hospital team performs more than 2,000 major and 1,500 minor operations. These doctors also provide the consultation and care of pediatric surgical patients presenting to our busy emergency room.


The practice has its offices within the Nicklaus Children's Hospital complex. They provide the teaching services to pediatric surgical fellows, medical and surgical residents and medical students. The group hosts many foreign medical visitors annually.


Up-To-Date Surgical Techniques and Medical Breakthroughs

The Department of Pediatric Surgery at Nicklaus Children's Hospital has been involved in numerous regional medical breakthroughs.


The surgeons participated in the separation of conjoined twins in 2000, the first procedure of this type at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, and the only successful separation in the state of Florida. Our pediatric surgical team pioneered an innovative surgical treatment for pectus excavatum (sunken chest), becoming the lead team for this procedure in South Florida.


The surgeons have also been instrumental in new surgical procedures for the treatment of appendicitis which leaves no visible scar. The practice was recently ranked number one in the nation by Children’s Health Corporation of America (CHCA) in the care of appendicitis (the most common childhood emergency) among 40 participating children’s hospitals. The results from the study included both patient outcomes and hospital length of stay.


The department offers the most up-to-date techniques for all types of surgery on newborns, children and adolescents. They provide care for a variety of conditions including but not limited to:

  • complex neonatal congenital anomalies, including: esophageal and intestinal atresias, pulmonary and diaphragmatic anomalies, abdominal wall defects (onphalocele and gastroschisis), intestinal malrotation, genitourinary anomalies
  • general pediatric surgery, including: pediatric inguinal hernias, hydroceles, umbilical hernias, undescended testicles (cryptochidism), lumps and bumps, circumcision, and laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • thoracic surgery (conditions affecting the chest), including: resection of pulmonary anomalies, repair of pectus excavatum and carinatum, thoracoscopy for empyema, lung biopsies, wedge lung resections, and resection of mediastinal tumors
  • surgical oncology, including: diagnosis and surgical management of solid cancerous tumors and vascular access for chemotherapy of these patients
  • emergency surgical procedures, including: appendicitis, testicular torsion and trauma
  • minimally invasive surgical procedures, including: laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, esophageal endoscopy and bronchial endoscopy

Further, the practice works together with the Department of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine to provide pre- and post-operative medical attention for patients in need of intensive care.


All members of our team understand pain issues in children and are available to assist with pain management appropriately and as quickly as possible.


Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, is also home to a full range of pediatric surgical sub-specialties, including:

  • General pediatric surgery
  • Pediatric orthopedic surgery
  • Pediatric cardiovascular surgery
  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Pediatric ophthalmologic surgery
  • Pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Pediatric urologic surgery

The Department of Pediatric Surgery, together with the other Nicklaus Children's Hospital surgical specialties listed above, perform over 10,000 pediatric surgical procedures at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, per year.


To contact us regarding the referral of a patient, please call (305) 662-8320.

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