About Us

Nicklaus Children's Hospital is a leading provider of healthcare services for medically needy children.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital is a leading provider of healthcare services for medically needy children.

Nicklaus Children's Health System

Vision: To be where the children are.

Mission: To inspire hope and promote lifelong health by providing the best care to every child.

Values: Collaboration. Responsibility. Empowerment. Advocacy. Transformation. Empathy.


We are a passionate team using the most advanced methods to care for children and support their families.


We raise funds and awareness for Miami Children's Health System to bring lifelong health, hope, and happiness to children and their families.


We build innovative partnerships, products and services that enhance the lives of our customers.


We are an outstanding group of physicians bringing lifelong health and hope to children and families through innovative, compassionate care.

Leadership & Board of Directors

Health System – 2017 Board of Directors

  • Mr. Mario Murgado, Chairman
  • Mr. Michael Fux, Vice Chairman
  • Mr. Timothy Birkenstock, Treasurer and Secretary
  • April Andrews-Singh, Esq., General Counsel
  • Ravneet Chowdhury, Esq.
  • Phillip T. George, MD
  • M. Narendra Kini, MD, Chief Executive Officer
  • Mr. Juan Carlos Mas
  • Ms. Barbara Nicklaus
  • Mr. Fernando Perez-Hickman
  • Mr. Alex Soto

Hospital - 2017 Board of Directors

  • Mr. Alex Soto, Chairman
  • Mr. Jaret L. Davis, Esq., Vice Chairman
  • Jefry Biehler, MD, Secretary
  • Ravneet Chowdhury, Esq.
  • Maria Franco, MD
  • Mr. Jorge Gonzalez
  • Mr. Gary Gregory
  • Mr. Michael Harrington
  • M. Narendra Kini, MD
  • Marcelo Laufer, MD
  • Jodi Laurence, Esq.
  • Mr. Juan Carlos Mas
  • Mr. Jay Massirman
  • Mr. Steven McKean
  • Judge Federico A. Moreno
  • Mr. Mario Murgado
  • Mr. Joseph Nader
  • Phillip Newcomm, MD
  • Mr. Keith Ward

Foundation - 2017 Board of Directors

  • Ravneet Chowdhury, Esq., Chair
  • Ricky Patel, Esq., Vice Chair
  • Mr. Timothy Birkenstock, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Ms. Marlene Santos, Treasurer
  • Mr. David Martin, Secretary
  • Mr. Jaret L. Davis, Esq.
  • José “Pepe” Dans
  • Mr. Pablo Cejas
  • Ms. Vivian Andrea Shanley
  • Mr. Drew Kern
  • Steven Kerr, PhD
  • Mr. Peter Lopez
  • Ms. Andria Miyares, Assistant Secretary
  • Mr. Alex Soto
  • Ex-officio:
  • M. Narendra Kini, MD, Chief Executive Officer
  • In memoriam:
  • Ms. Florence Groover Frank
  • Ambassador David M. Walters

PSA - 2017 Board of Directors

  • Marcos Mestre, MD, Acting Chair and Vice Chair
  • Leonard Feld, MD, President
  • Mr. Timothy Birkenstock, Treasurer
  • Andre Susla, Esq., Corporate Secretary and Deputy General Counsel
  • George R. Lesmes, PhD, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director
  • M. Narendra Kini, MD
  • Mr. Alex Soto, Chairman of the Board, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
  • Michelle Blumstein, MD
  • Sandeep Davé, MD
  • Robert Hannan, MD
  • Alisa Muñiz Crim, MD
  • Chad Perlyn, MD
  • José Rosa-Olivares, MD
  • Anthony Rossi, MD

2017 PSA Section Chiefs

  • Saima Aftab, MD
  • Nolan Altman, MD
  • Marisa Azaret, PsyD
  • Aramys Barzaga, MD
  • Redmond Burke, MD
  • Metee Comkornruecha, MD
  • Sandeep Davé, MD
  • Maria Antonella Denaro, MD
  • Luis Gonzalez-Mendoza, MD
  • Vivian Hernandez-Trujillo, MD
  • Parul Jayakar, MD
  • Brandon Korman, PsyD, PhD
  • Marcos Mestre, MD
  • Alisa Muñiz Crim, MD
  • Chad Perlyn, MD
  • Amanda Porro, MD
  • John Ragheb, MD
  • Felix Ramirez-Seijas, MD
  • Otto Ramos, MD
  • Rosie Roldan, DMD, MD
  • José Rosa-Olivares, MD
  • Anthony Rossi, MD
  • Harry Shufflebarger, MD
  • Michael Tidwell, MD

2017 Miami Children’s Health System and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Senior Leadership Team

  • M. Narendra Kini, MD
  • Mr. Michael Harrington
  • April Andrews-Singh, Esq.
  • Jefry Biehler, MD, Chair Department of Pediatrics
  • Mr. Timothy Birkenstock, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
  • Leonard Feld, MD, President, Pediatric Specialists of America
  • Ms. Jackie Gonzalez, DNP, ARNP, Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer and Patient Safety Officer
  • Ms. Nancy Humbert, Executive Vice President, Ambulatory Services and External Affiliations
  • Mr. Michael Kushner, Senior Vice President, Chief Talent Officer
  • Mr. Ed Martinez, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer
  • Marcos Mestre, MD, President, Medical Executive Committee
  • Mr. Michael Davis, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development and Innovation
  • Jose Perdomo, Esq., Senior Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Privacy Officer

2017 Medical Executive Committee Members

  • Marcelo Laufer, MD, President
  • Moises Simpser, MD, Vice-President
  • Julio Egusquiza, MD
  • Sarah Legorburu-Selem, MD
  • Rigoberto Nuñez, MD
  • Efren Salinero, MD
  • Luis Gonzalez-Mendoza, MD
  • Ruben Gonzalez-Vallina, MD
  • L. Santiago Medina, MD
  • Jose Rosa-Olivares, MD
  • Anselmo Cepero-Akselrad, MD
  • Ziad Khatib, MD
  • Alex B. Koetzle, MD
  • Leopoldo Malvezzi, MD
  • Deise Granado-Villar, MD, Chief Academic Officer
  • Jefry Biehler, MD, Medical Director of Quality
  • Ex Officio:
  • Mr. Michael Harrington, President of the Hospital
  • Ms. Jackie Gonzalez, DNP, ARNP, Chief Nursing Officer

2017 Department Chiefs and Division Directors

  • Christopher Tirotta, MD, Chief, Anesthesiology Department
  • Gabriela Rolland-Asensi, DDS, Chief, Dentistry Department
  • Roberto Tuchman, MD, Chief, Neurology Department
  • Marisa Azaret, PsyD, Director, Clinical Psychology
  • Michael Tidwell, MD, Chief, Orthopedic Surgery Department
  • Steven J. Melnick, PhD, MD, Chief, Pathology Department
  • William Muiños, MD, Chief, Pediatric Medicine Department
  • Enrique Escalon, MD, Director, Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Medicine Department
  • Metee Comkornruecha, MD, Director, Adolescent Medicine, Pediatric Medicine Department
  • Vivian Hernandez-Trujillo, MD, Director, Allergy & Immunology, Pediatric Medicine Department
  • John F. Rhodes, Jr., MD, Director, Cardiology, Pediatric Medicine Department
  • Anthony Rossi, MD, Director, Cardiac Critical Care, Pediatric Medicine Department
  • Parul Jayakar, MD, Director, Clinical Genetics & Metabolism, Pediatric Medicine Department
  • Bala Totapally, MD, Director, Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Medicine Department
  • Ana Margarita Duarte, MD, Director, Dermatology, Pediatric Medicine Department
  • Maria Antonella Denaro, MD, Director, Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Medicine Department
  • Luis Gonzalez-Mendoza, MD, Director, Endocrinology, Pediatric Medicine Department
  • William Muiños, MD, Director, Gastroenterology, Pediatric Medicine Department
  • Marcos Mestre, MD, Director, Hospitalist Services, Pediatric Medicine Department
  • Otto Ramos, MD, Director, Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Medicine Department
  • Magaly Diaz-Barbosa, MD, Director, Neonatology, Pediatric Medicine Department
  • Anselmo Cepero-Akselrad, MD, Director, Nephrology, Pediatric Medicine Department
  • Antonio Rodriguez, MD, Director, Pulmonology, Pediatric Medicine Department
  • Rafael Rivas-Chacon, MD, Director, Rheumatology, Pediatric Medicine Department
  • Cathy Anne Burnweit, MD, Chief, Pediatric Surgery
  • Americo Padilla, MD, Chief, Psychiatry Department
  • Nolan Altman, MD, Chief, Radiology Department
  • Sanjiv Bhatia, MD, Chief, Surgery Department
  • Redmond Burke, MD, Director, Cardiovascular Surgery, Surgery Department
  • John Ragheb, MD, Director, Neurosurgery, Surgery Department
  • Roberto Warman, MD, Director, Ophthalmology, Surgery Department
  • Gaston de Cardenas, MD, Director, Otolaryngology, Surgery Department
  • S. Anthony Wolfe, MD, Director, Plastic Surgery, Surgery Department
  • Rafael Gosalbez, MD, Director, Urologic Surgery, Surgery Department
  • Other Medical Staff Directors/Leaders:
  • Marcelo Laufer, MD, President of the Medical Staff
  • Moises Simpser, MD, Vice President of the Medical Staff
  • Jefry Biehler, MD, FIU Chair of Pediatrics
  • Rani S. Gereige, MD, Director of Medical Education
  • Beatriz Cunill-De Sautu, MD, Director, Pediatric Residency Program
  • Mayra Capote, MD, President of the Alumni Association
  • Keith Meyer, MD, Director, Lifeflight Services & ECMO
  • Andrea Maggioni, MD, Director, Global Health
  • Amanda Porro, MD, Director, Pediatric Care Center
  • Jose Rosa-Olivares, MD, Director, Urgent Care Centers
  • Sanjiv Bhatia, MD, Director, Operating Room
  • Rosie Roldan, DMD, MD, Director, Dental Clinic & Ped Dentistry Residency Program
  • Prasanna Jayakar, PhD, Director, Brain Institute
  • Leonard Feld, MD, President, Pediatric Specialists of America
  • Jacques Orces, DO, Chief Medical Information Officer
  • Fuad Alkhoury, MD, Director, Neonatal General Surgery
  • Ruben Gonzalez-Vallina, MD, Director, Community GI Initiatives