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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

  • Cathy Burnweit, M.D. - Chief of Pediatric Surgery Department
  • Colin G. Knight, M.D.
  • Leopoldo Malvezzi, M.D.
  • Faud Alkhoury, M.D.

Nurse Practitioners

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

Orthopedic Surgery

  • Jahangir Asghar, M.D.
  • Avi Baitner, M.D.
  • Wesley King, M.D.
  • Harry Shufflebarger, M.D.
  • Craig Spurdle, M.D.
  • Stephen M. Swirsky, D.O.
  • Michael A. Tidwell, M.D.

Cardiovascular Surgery

  • Redmond Burke, M.D.
  • Kristine J. Guleserian, M.D.
  • Robert Hannan, M.D.


  • Sanjiv Bhatia, M.D., F.A.C.S. - Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery Department
  • Toba Niazi, M.D.
  • John Ragheb, M.D.


  • Timothy Murray, M.D.
  • Roberto Warman, M.D.


  • Octavio Carreno, M.D.
  • Sandeep Davé, M.D., F.A.C.S.
  • Gaston de Cardenas, M.D.
  • Andres Orjuela, M.D.
  • Antonio Portela, M.D.
  • Rafael R. Portela, M.D.
  • Yamilet Tirado, M.D.

Plastic Surgery

  • Chad Perlyn, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.
  • Anthony S. Wolfe, M.D.


  • Miguel Castellan, M.D.
  • Rafael Gosalbez, M.D.
  • Kristin Ann Kozakowski, M.D.
  • Andrew Labbie, M.D.
† These are private practice physicians not employed by Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

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