Primary Office

Nicklaus Children's Orthopedic Surgery
3100 SW 62 Avenue
Miami, FL 33155
Phone Number: 305-662-8366

Additional Office

Nicklaus Children's Pediatric Specialists At Pinecrest- Orthopedic Surgery
11521 South Dixie Highway
Pinecrest, FL 33156
Phone Number: 305-662-8366


Fellowship - Alfred I. Dupont Institute
Medical School - Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Jacobi)
Residency - Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center

Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surg (Ortho Surg) - Certified

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Monica Payares-Lizano is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon within the Orthopedic Surgery Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. She also provides care as part of the multidisciplinary Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Program, Hemophilia Treatment Center, Neural-Tube Defect Clinic (Spina Bifida), Neuromuscular Program and the Spasticity and Movement Disorders Clinic for children and teens affected by cerebral palsy. Dr. Payares-Lizano earned her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. She also completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Payares-Lizano then pursued a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. Her clinical interests include general orthopedics, cerebral palsy, neuromuscular disorders and musculoskeletal trauma.

Dr. Payares-Lizano is board certified in orthopedic surgery. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and she has presented at medical conferences nationally and internationally. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. Dr. Payares-Lizano also serves on committees for the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. She remains an active mentor with the Hispanic Center of Excellence at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and has volunteered with Mentoring in Medicine since 2007. Dr Payares-Lizano is a co-founder of Fundación Juan Jose Payares Bustos, an organization she created with her family to honor her late father, which provides educational and vocational training to children and families in his rural hometown of Galerazamba, Colombia. The nonprofit also organizes mission trips to deliver medical care to residents of this community. In addition, Dr. Payares-Lizano is involved with Sharing for Kids, a Miami-based nonprofit focused on improving health and education for underserved children in Cartagena, Colombia.

Dr. Payares-Lizano is employed by Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Specialists, the multispecialty group practice of Nicklaus Children's Health System. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.

As one of the largest and most comprehensive pediatric orthopedic practices in Florida, The Nicklaus Children's Hospital Orthopedic Surgery Program skillfully provides state-of-the-art and compassionate care for musculo-skeletal conditions in children and teens. With the assistance of a dedicated support staff, our pediatric orthopedic surgeons perform over 1,500 surgical procedures each year. The department also conducts an additional 34,000 outpatient visits annually, including the management of more than 6,000 fracture cases and is world-renowned for its spinal surgery program.


Payares-Lizano, M. , Pino, C. (2020). Pediatric Orthopedic Examination. Pediatric Clinics of North America, 67(2), 1-21. View in Pubmed

Payares-Lizano, M. (2020). The Limping Child . Pediatric Clinics of North America, 67(1), 119-138. View in Pubmed

Payares-Lizano, M. (2018). Base of Fifth Metatarsal Fracture. Springer. Pediatric Orthopedic Trauma Case Atlas.

Berger, A., Salhi, S., Payares-Lizano, M. (2018). Surgical Management of Spasticity of the Elbow. Hand Clinics, 34(4), 503-510. View in Pubmed

Payares-Lizano, M. (2018). Talar fracture. Springer. Pediatric Orthopedic Trauma Case Atlas.

Sarwahi, V., Payares, M., Wendolowski, S., et al (2017). Low-Dose Radiation 3D Intraoperative Imaging: How Low Can We Go? An O-Arm, CT Scan, Cadaveric Study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 42(22), E1311-E1317. View in Pubmed

Sarwahi, V., Payares, M., Wendolowski, S., et al (2017). Pedicle Screw Safety: How Much Anterior Breach Is Safe?: A Cadaveric and CT-Based Study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976)., 42(22), E1305-E1310. View in Pubmed

Berko N.S. , Fitzgerald, E.F., Amaral. T. D., Payares, M., Levin, T.L. (2014). Ultrasound Elastography in Children: Establishing the Normal Range of Muscle Elasticity. Pediatric Radiology, 44(2), 158-163. View in Pubmed

Wanich, T., Cadet, E., Payares, M., Ahmad, C. (2013). Surgical Techniques in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Tunnel Drilling. AAOS. Advances in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery: Current concepts and Evolving Approaches Monograph Series.

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