Dr. Marcelo Laufer Elected President of Nicklaus Children's Medical Staff

Published on: 05/18/2017

Marcelo Laufer, MD, has been elected president of the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Medical Staff for 2017 through 2019. In this role he also serves as chair of the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee, the 15-member governing body for the 780-member medical staff.


Dr. Laufer is with the hospital’s Division of Infectious Diseases.  He earned his medical degree from the Universidad Nacional de Asuncion School of Medicine in Paraguay. He completed his pediatric residency and a fellowship in infectious diseases and immunology at Jackson Memorial Hospital.


Dr. Moises Simpser, who serves with the hospital’s Division of Pulmonology, was elected vice president. Dr. Simpser received his medical training in Mexico City. He completed his fellowship in pulmonary disease and pulmonary physiology at Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital.


Other members of the medical executive committee for 2017 include:

  • Anselmo Cepero-Akselrad, MD
  • Julio Egusquiza, MD
  • Luis Gonzalez-Mendoza, MD    
  • Ruben Gonzalez-Vallina, MD
  • Ziad Khatib, MD
  • Alex B. Koetzle, MD 
  • Sarah Legorburu-Selem, MD 
  • Leopoldo Malvezzi, MD
  • L. Santiago Medina, MD
  • Rigoberto Nuñez, MD
  • Jose Rosa-Olivares, MD
  • Efren Salinero, MD

In addition, the committee includes four non-voting administrative members.


About Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children's Hospital is South Florida's only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with nearly 800 attending physicians and more than 475 pediatric subspecialists. The 309-bed hospital, known as Miami Children's Hospital from 1983 through 2014, is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession's most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit www.nicklauschildrens.org.

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