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.

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

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

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

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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