Meet the Pediatric Surgery Team

Nicklaus Children's pediatric surgeons and pediatric anesthesiologists are specially trained in the unique physiologic needs and responses of children. They understand the special risks associated with pediatric surgery and anesthesia, and have the expertise and knowledge to address complications should they arise. When your child needs surgery, insist on a pediatric surgeon and anesthesiologist who specialize in treating newborns, children and adolescents. Nicklaus Children's offers a full spectrum of pediatric surgery  specialists and features 14 on-staff pediatric anesthesiologists. Together, these experts perform more than more than 2,000 major and 1,500 minor pediatric surgeries each year.

Our pediatric surgery team is comprised of attending surgeons, pediatric-specific nurses, nurse practioners, physician assistants, surgical fellows, medical residents, and medical students. Care of Nicklaus Children's Hospital patients is managed by an attending pediatric surgeon, who also supervises the care given by all team members. Our approach to medical care means better care for Nicklaus Children's Hospital patients as members of the surgical team are available 24 hours a day, every day.

Pediatric Surgery


Leopoldo Malvezzi, MD

Chief, Department of Pediatric Surgery
Director, Medical Trauma

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Aventura, Miami

Clinical Interests: Vascular surgery and pancreatic islet transplantation, robotic surgery


Fuad Alkhoury, MD

Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Aventura, Miami

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


Juan L Calisto, MD

Director, Colorectal Center

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Aventura, Miami

Clinical Interests: Robotic surgery, colorectal diseases.


Felipe E Pedroso, MD

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Aventura, Miami


Shahab A Shaffiey, MD

Pediatric Surgeon

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Aventura, Miami

Clinical Interests: Complex surgical oncology, minimally invasive surgery and quality improvement and outcomes research


See all pediatric surgeons on the Nicklaus Children's medical staff.

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeons

We're proud to be a leader in orthopedic services, specializing in sports injuries and general pediatric orthopedics and surgery. The pediatric orthopedic specialists at Nicklaus Children's also specialize in diagnosing scoliosis of the spine and performing scoliosis surgery. Our orthopedic doctors are dedicated to supporting the treatment and prevention of injuries in children and adolescents.


Craig J Spurdle, MD

Chief of Orthopedic Surgery
Director, Nicklaus Children's Ambulatory Surgery Center
Director, Nicklaus Children's Pediatric Specialists

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Miramar, Pinecrest, West Kendall

Clinical Interests: Arthroscopic pediatric and adolescent sports medicine reconstruction, musculoskeletal trauma, along with other congenital and acquired anomalies of the skeletal system


Stephen G George, MD

Medical Director, Surgical Services
Medical Director, Pediatric Spinal Surgery

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Miramar, Palm Beach Gardens, West Kendall

Clinical Interests: Scoliosis and other complex spinal deformities


Avi C Baitner, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Aventura, Miramar

Clinical Interests: Pediatric hip and foot deformities including developmental hip dysplasia and clubfoot, congenital and acquired abnormalities of the skeletal system, limb deformity and pediatric fracture care


Thomas J Errico, MD

Associate Director of Pediatric Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Spine

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Aventura, Miramar, Palm Beach Gardens, West Kendall

Clinical Interests: Scoliosis, kyphosis and spondylolisthesis


Kevin S Horowitz, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Miramar, Pinecrest

Clinical Interests: Hip disorders of children, adolescents, general pediatric orthopedics and trauma


Monica M Payares-Lizano, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Pinecrest

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


Subaraman Ramchandran, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Palm Beach Gardens, Pinecrest

Clinical Interests: Complex adult and pediatric spinal deformities, spinal tumors and degenerative spinal pathologies


Scott J Schoenleber, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Aventura, Miramar

Clinical Interests: Limb lengthening and deformity correction and disorders of the foot and ankle


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


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Pediatric Neurosurgeons

Our neurosurgery team works with other pediatric specialists at Nicklaus Children’s to establish an accurate diagnosis, develop a specialized treatment plan and provide comprehensive treatment to all patients. Our renowned pediatric neurosurgeons are recognized for excellence among their peers based upon their surgical expertise, their numerous publications in textbooks and peer-reviewed journals, and their lectures both nationally and internationally.


John Ragheb, MD

Chief, Department of Surgery
Director, Division of Neurosurgery

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Aventura, Naples

Clinical Interests: Neurosurgery, neurotrauma, brain tumors, spina bifida, tethered spinal cord, congenital anomalies


Gregory W Hornig, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens

Clinical Interests: Hydrocephalus, epilepsy, spasticity, trauma and brain tumors


Toba N Niazi, MD

Medical Director, Neuro-Oncology Surgical Services

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Brain and spinal cord tumors, cerebral palsy, spasticity and movement disorders, complex congenital or traumatic spinal disorders


Shelly Wang, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Epilepsy, hydrocephalus, congenital and developmental anomalies of the central nervous system, as well as neurotrauma


Heather McCrea, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Brain tumors, hydrocephalus, neurotrauma, congenital and developmental anomalies of the central nervous system


See all Pediatric Neurosurgeons on the Nicklaus Children's Hospital medical staff.

Cardiovascular Surgery


Redmond P Burke, MD

Director, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery
NCPS 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


Robert A Hanfland, MD

Congenital Heart Surgeon

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Ethics in medicine, pediatric cardiology, congenital heart surgery, hypoplastic left heart syndrome and other complicated pediatric heart anomalies


Pediatric Ophthalmology Physicians


Roberto Warman, MD

Director, Division of Ophthalmology

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: pediatric ophthalmology, neuro-ophthalmology, strabismus


Luxme Hariharan, MD

Pediatric Ophthalmologist

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Strabismus (eye muscle misalignment), amblyopia (lazy eye) and other comprehensive pediatric visual disorders.


See all Pediatric Ophthalmologists on the Nicklaus Children's Hospital medical staff.

Otolaryngology


Sandeep P Dave, MD

NCPS Chief, Pediatric Otolaryngology

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Endoscopic airway surgery, tympanic membrane repair and pediatric sleep-disordered breathing/sleep apnea


Gaston A DeCardenas, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngologist/Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric otolaryngology


Andres F Orjuela, MD

Director, Division of Otolaryngology

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric otolaryngology


Octavio Carreno, MD

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric otolaryngology


R. Antonio Portela, MD

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric otolaryngology


Rafael R Portela, MD

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric otolaryngology, head and neck surgery


Yamilet Tirado, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngologist/Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Aventura

Clinical Interests: Disorders of the head and neck, complex airway problems, congenital malformations and voice disorders


Pediatric Plastic Surgeons


S Anthony Wolfe, MD

Director, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric plastic surgery, cleft lip palate


Chad A Perlyn, MD

Pediatric Plastic, Reconstructive and Craniofacial Surgeon

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric plastic surgery, craniofacial surgery, cleft lip and palate surgery, vascular anomalies, pigmented lesions of the skin and BWS.


Aaron J Berger, MD

Medical Director, Wound Care Program
Medical Director, Pediatric Hand Program
Medical Director, Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Program

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Miramar, West Kendall

Clinical Interests: Plastic surgery, hand surgery, microsurgery, brachial plexus and peripheral nerve disorders.


Nicole C Cabbad, MD

Plastic, Reconstructive and Craniofacial Surgeon

Primary Office: Boynton Beach

Additional Office: Palm Beach Gardens

Clinical Interests: Cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis and reconstruction of congenital differences and trauma-related conditions in children


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Urology


Rafael Gosalbez, MD

Director, Division of Urologic Surgery

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Robotic surgery




Miguel Castellan, MD

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Minimally invasive surgery, reconstructive pediatric urology, hypospadias repair and robotic surgery.


Nurse Practitioners

  • Jeannette A. Diana, ARNP
  • Raquel Pasaron, ARNP

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