Leadership

Dr. Monica Alba-Sandoval, Program Director:

Monica Alba-Sandoval, MD, joined the University of Miami in July 2014, as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Critical Care. Prior to her joining our institution, she was on faculty at University of Florida and the University of Illinois at Peoria. She received her medical degree at the Universidad Nacional in Colombia. She trained in Pediatrics at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, New York and pursued her Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Florida at Shands in Gainesville. She became the Pediatric Residency Program Director in 2020.

Dr. Barry Gelman, Associate Chair for Education, CMO of Holtz:

Barry Gelman, MD, is Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Gelman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami. He earned his MD from the University of Florida College of Medicine and then completed a residency at North Shore University Hospital/Cornell and a fellowship at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine / Jackson Memorial Hospital through the Affiliated Medical Education Program. Dr. Gelman is board-certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and has research interests in medical education, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and hypothermia. Dr. Gelman holds roles as the Department of Pediatrics  Associate Chair for Education, as well as the Director of Pediatric Residency Training and Chief Medical Officer at Holtz Children’s Hospital / Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

Dr. Donna Wiener, Associate Program Director:

Donna Wiener, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of General Pediatrics. Dr. Wiener received her MD from New York University School of Medicine and went on to residency at Children's Hospital National Medical Center. She completed fellowships in Endocrinology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She joined the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Pediatrics program in 1995 and was appointed at the Associate Program Director of the Pediatric Residency Program in 2011. She practices at the ACC Pediatric Resident Continuity Clinic and precepts PGY3s at Mt. Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Nicole Torres, Associate Program Director:

Nicole S. Torres, MD, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics. Dr. Torres received her undergraduate degree from the University of Miami. She earned her MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and then completed a residency and chief residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Torres is board-certified in General Pediatrics and practices at UHealth Pediatrics in the suburbs of Miami, where she cares for children of all ages – from infancy to young adulthood. She is actively involved with the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Payal Shah, Associate Program Director:

Payal Shah, DO, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of General Pediatrics.  Dr. Shah received her D.O. from the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete both her residency in Pediatrics and Chief Residency at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine / Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Shah is board-certified in Pediatrics and works in a unique variety of Pediatric Primary Care Practices throughout Miami while also serving as Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Residency Training Program. She is currently involved in the Primary Care Tract for trainees interested in becoming well rounded advocates and leaders in child health within the changing health care environment.

Dr. Julia Berg, Chief Resident:

Julia Berg, MD, serves as the 2020-2021 pediatric co-chief resident at Holtz Children's Hospital. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Miami in Miami, FL. She completed medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and graduated from residency at Jackson Health System/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2020. She is interested in well-being during medical education and after her chief year, she will be pursuing a fellowship in developmental and behavioral pediatrics.

Dr. Susan Gutierrez, Chief Resident:

Susan Gutierrez, MD, serves as the 2020-2021 pediatric co-chief resident at Holtz Children's Hospital. She received her undergraduate degree from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. She completed medical school at the University of Virginia and graduated from residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2020. She is interested in medical education and after her chief year, she will be pursuing a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology.

Vivian Dechard-Martell, Program Coordinator:

Vivian Dechard-Martell, is the Director of Graduate Medical Education for the Department of Pediatrics.  Vivian has a BBA from Florida International University.  She joined the program in 1995 and has worked with the Program Director and Associate Program Directors to transform the educational environment in Pediatrics.  She enjoys getting to know her residents during their training and especially welcoming them to the Holtz Family.  Vivian’s door is always open for residents old and new to stop by say hello.

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