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.

Cardiovascular Surgery


Redmond P Burke, MD

Director, Cardiovascular Surgery
PSA Chief, Section of Cardiovascular Surgery
Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complex aortic arch reconstruction, minimizing surgery trauma, surgical innovation and technology

Kristine Jane Guleserian, MD

PSA Senior Director, Heart Failure and Transplant Program
Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Cardiac morphology and pathology, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complex aortic arch reconstruction, heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support of the failing heart

Robert L Hannan, MD

PSA Senior Director, Quality and Analytics
Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Minimally invasive cardiac surgery, mechanical support of failing hearts in children, congenital heart surgery ​clinical outcomes

Pediatric Surgery


Cathy Anne Burnweit, M.D.

Chief, Department of Pediatric Surgery
Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program
Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Childhood cancer, pectus excavatum, gynecologic reconstruction, laparoscopy and thoracoscopy, and neonatal surgery

Colin G Knight, MD

Pediatric Surgeon
Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Robot-enhanced surgery

Leopoldo Malvezzi, M.D.

Director, Medical Trauma
Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Vascular surgery and pancreatic islet transplantation

Fuad Alkhoury, MD

Director, Neonatal General Surgery
Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Hepatobiliary and intra-thoracic pathology, neonatal and fetal medicine with focus on minimally invasive approach, pediatric robotic surgery.

Neurosurgery


Sanjiv Bhatia, MD

Chief, Department of Surgery
Director, Operating Room
Locations:
Aventura,Miami,Palm Beach Gardens
Clinical Interests:
Intractable epilepsy, brain tumors, vascular malformations, spinal dysraphism, neuroendoscopy, hydrocephalus and arachnoid cysts, brachial plexus injuries

Toba N Niazi, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Locations:
Aventura,Miami,Miramar
Clinical Interests:
Brain and spinal cord tumors, complex congenital or traumatic spinal disorders

John Ragheb, MD

Director, Division of Neurosurgery
Locations:
Aventura,Miami,Naples
Clinical Interests:
Neurosurgery, neurotrauma, brain tumors, spina bifida, tethered spinal cord, congenital anomalies

Orthopedic Surgery


Jahangir Asghar, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Locations:
Miami,Miramar
Clinical Interests:
Scoliosis, spinal deformities, developing minimally invasive techniques for surgical correction of pediatric spinal deformity and mechanisms for growth modulation of the spine.

Avi C Baitner, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Locations:
Aventura,Miami,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

Harry L Shufflebarger, MD

Division of Pediatric Spinal Surgery, Director
Locations:
Miami,Palm Beach Gardens
Clinical Interests:
Scoliosis and spinal deformities

Craig J Spurdle, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Pediatric and adolescent sports medicine, including arthroscopic surgery, skeletal trauma, congenital and acquired anomalies of the skeletal system

Stephen M Swirsky, DO

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Locations:
Miami,Miramar
Clinical Interests:
sports medicine, rehabilitation, minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgery, injury prevention

Michael A Tidwell, MD

Chief, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Orthopedic oncology, bone dysplasia, spine surgery, bladder exstrophy/cloacal exstrophy and orthopedic rehabilation medicine

Ophthalmology


Timothy G Murray, M.D.

Pediatric Ophthalmologist
Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Pediatric ophthalmology

Roberto Warman, M.D.

Director, Division of Ophthalmology
Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
pediatric ophthalmology, neuro-ophthalmology, strabismus

Otolaryngology


Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Pediatric Otolaryngology

Sandeep P Dave, M.D.

PSA Chief, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Locations:
Aventura,Miami
Clinical Interests:
Endoscopic airway surgery, tympanic membrane repair and pediatric sleep-disordered breathing/sleep apnea

Gaston A DeCardenas, M.D.

Director, Division of Otolaryngology
Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Pediatric otolaryngology

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Pediatric otolaryngology

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Pediatric otolaryngology, head and neck surgery

Yamilet Tirado, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngologist/Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist
Locations:
Aventura,Miami
Clinical Interests:
Disorders of the head and neck, complex airway problems, congenital malformations and voice disorders

Plastic Surgery


Chad Adam Perlyn, MD

Craniofacial Surgeon
Locations:
Aventura,Miami,Palm Beach Gardens
Clinical Interests:
craniofacial surgery, vascular anomalies and pigmented lesions of the skin

S. Anthony Wolfe, MD

Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Pediatric plastic surgery, cleft lip palate

Urology


Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:

Rafael Gosalbez, M.D.

Director, Division of Urologic Surgery
Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:

Nurse Practitioners

  • Jeannette A. Diana, ARNP
  • Raquel Pasaron, ARNP
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 Physicians identified with a Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA) logo are employees of PSA, which is part of Miami Children's Health System, and are not employees of Nicklaus Children's Hospital. All other physicians listed on the website are in private medical practices.