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


Cathy Anne Burnweit, MD

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


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.


Leopoldo Malvezzi, MD

Director, Medical Trauma

Locations: Miami

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


Juan L Calisto, MD

Director, Colorectal Center

Locations: Miami

Clinical Interests: Robotic surgery, colorectal diseases.


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

Orthopedic Surgery


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


Harry L Shufflebarger, MD

Division of Pediatric Spinal Surgery, Director

Locations: Miami, Palm Beach Gardens

Clinical Interests: Scoliosis and spinal deformities


Stephen M Swirsky, DO

Director, Sports Medicine
Assistant Chief, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations: Coconut Creek, Miami, Miramar

Clinical Interests: Pediatric and adolescent sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery. Cutting edge arthroscopic, open and minimally invasive procedures. Injury prevention and rehabilitation.


Craig J Spurdle, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Director, Miami Children's Ambulatory Surgery Center
Director, Pediatric Specialists of America

Locations: Miami

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


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


Kevin S Horowitz, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Locations: Miami, Miramar

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


Monica M Payares-Lizano, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Locations: Miami

Clinical Interests: Cerebral palsy and musculoskeletal trauma


Scott J Schoenleber, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Locations: Aventura, Miami, Miramar

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


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.


John Ragheb, MD

Interim Chief, Department of Surgery
Director, Division of Neurosurgery

Locations: Aventura, Miami, Naples

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


Gregory W Hornig, MD

Neurosurgeon

Locations: Miami

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


Toba N Niazi, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Locations: Boynton Beach, Miami, Palm Beach Gardens

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


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

Cardiovascular Surgery


Redmond P Burke, MD

Director, Division of 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 J 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 Ophthalmology Physicians


Roberto Warman, MD

Director, Division of Ophthalmology

Locations: Miami

Clinical Interests: pediatric ophthalmology, neuro-ophthalmology, strabismus


Zenia P Aguilera, MD

Locations: Miami

Clinical Interests: General pediatrics and ophthalmology


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

Otolaryngology


Sandeep P Dave, M.D.

PSA Chief, Pediatric Otolaryngology

Locations: Miami

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


Gaston A DeCardenas, MD

Director, Division of Otolaryngology

Locations: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric otolaryngology


Andres F Orjuela, MD

Locations: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric otolaryngology


Octavio Carreno, M.D.

Locations: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric otolaryngology


R. Antonio Portela, M.D.

Locations: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric otolaryngology


Rafael R Portela, M.D.

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


Pediatric Plastic Surgeons


S Anthony Wolfe, MD

Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Locations: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric plastic surgery, cleft lip palate


Chad A Perlyn, MD

Pediatric Plastic, Reconstructive and Craniofacial Surgeon

Locations: Aventura, Coconut Creek, 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

Director, Wound Care Program

Locations: Aventura, Miami, Miramar

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


Saoussen Salhi, MD

Pediatric Plastic, Reconstructive and Craniofacial Surgeon

Locations: Aventura, Coconut Creek, Miami

Clinical Interests:

Cleft lip and palate surgery, craniofacial surgery, reconstructive surgery of the ear, facial palsy, breast surgery, vascular anomalies.


Nicole C Cabbad, MD

Plastic, Reconstructive and Craniofacial Surgeon

Locations: Boynton Beach, Miami

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


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

Urology


Rafael Gosalbez, MD

Director, Division of Urologic Surgery

Locations: Miami

Clinical Interests: Robotic surgery




Miguel Castellan, MD

Locations: 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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 Physicians identified with a Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA) logo are employees of PSA, which is part of Nicklaus 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.