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:

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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:
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 and young adults

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

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.

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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

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
General pediatrics and ophthalmology

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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

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Pediatric otolaryngology

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Pediatric otolaryngology

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Pediatric otolaryngology

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, Boynton Beach, Miami, Miramar
Clinical Interests:
BWS, craniofacial surgery, cleft lip and palate surgery,  vascular anomalies and pigmented lesions of the skin

Aaron J Berger, MD

Director, Wound Care Program
Locations:
Aventura, Miami, Miramar
Clinical Interests:
Plastic surgery, hand surgery, microsurgery

Saoussen Salhi, MD

Pediatric Plastic, Reconstructive and Craniofacial Surgeon
Locations:
Aventura, Boynton Beach, Miami
Clinical Interests:

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


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Urology


Rafael Gosalbez, MD

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

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:


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.