Meet the Chromosome 22q Clinic Team

Our team approach to care brings together a full array of specialists in a single clinic visit to consult collaboratively in the child’s care and management. The team evaluates each child and works together to develop an optimal care planned to address each child’s individual needs.

Parul B Jayakar, MD

Director, Division of Clinical Genetics and Metabolism
Director, Neurogenetics/ Metabolic Program
Director, Miami Genetic Laboratories
NCPS Chief, Clinical Genetics and Metabolism

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Autism, genetic syndromes, dysmorphism, metabolism errors, chromomal abnormalities, congenital anomalies, neurodegenerative diseases, cytogenetics, biochemical genetics

Jose G Calderon, MD

Pediatric Allergist and Immunologist

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Food allergies, atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, asthma, urticaria and angioedema, drug allergies, insect allergies, anaphylaxis, hereditary angioedema, mastocytosis and immunodeficiency.

Yadira L Martinez-Fernandez, MD

Director, Outpatient Cardiology
Co-Director, NeuroCardiac and Development Program

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Outpatient cardiology, congenital heart disease, preventive cardiology, echochardiography

Paula Padua Schleifer, MD

Interim Chief, Neurology
Director, Neurogenetics Program

Primary Office: Palmetto Bay

Practice Name: Neuro Network Partners

Additional Office: Miami

Sara Rivero-Conil, PsyD

Clinical Manager and Pediatric Psychologist

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric psychology, adjustment disorder, pediatric health conditions, bereavement, anxiety, ADHD, medication adherence, and pain management.

Chromosome 22q Clinic Specialists

Katherina Schain, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor
Maria Walke, ARNP
Nurse Practitioner
Maria Pilar Gennaro, ARNP
Nurse Practitioner
Gabriela Martinez
Clinic Coordinator
Daniela Riveros, MSW
Social Worker



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