• Elizabeth Anne Ouellette, M.D., MBA

    Elizabeth Anne Ouellette, M.D., MBA

    Program Director

    Elizabeth Anne Ouellette, M.D., MBA, is a fellowship-trained, board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon with a subspecialty board certification in Hand Surgery. Dr. Ouellette earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center and completed a General Surgery Internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She completed her Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a Hand Surgery Fellowship Program at the University of Miami.

    Dr. Ouellette specializes in treatments and surgeries of all complexities including wrist fractures, ligament tears, nerve injuries, joint instabilities, and small joint replacements. She has over 30 years of clinical experience treating athletes and people of all ages. Her experience includes teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, and fellows. She also serves in numerous clinical and academic leadership roles.

    Dr. Ouellette’s research interests include wrist instability biomechanics, nerve injury repair, skin coverage, and psychological intervention for upper extremity trauma patients. She is widely published in peer-reviewed medical journals and is an invited speaker at national and international academic symposiums.

    View a list of publications in the Baptist Health Expert Gallery: Selected Works - Elizabeth Ouellette (bepress.com)

    Education & Training

    • University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital - Fellowship Program, Surgery, Hand, 1984
    • University of Washington School of Medicine - Residency Program, Orthopaedic Surgery, 1983
    • University of Washington School of Medicine - Internship Program, Surgery, General, 1979
    • University of Texas Health Science Center (San Antonio) - Medical School, MD, 1978

    Certifications

    • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Hand Surgery, 1990
    • Orthopaedic Surgery, 1989

  • Roy Cardoso, M.D., FACS

    Roy Cardoso, M.D., FACS

    Roy Cardoso, M.D., FACS, is a fellowship-trained, board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in conditions of the hand and upper extremity. Dr. Cardoso obtained his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He completed his General Surgery Internship at the Tulane University School of Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the University of California Medical Center, and a Hand Surgery Fellowship Program at the Wake Forest Baptist Health.

    Dr. Cardoso was an assistant professor of the hand and upper extremity surgery department at the University of Miami for three years where he assisted in training residents and fellows. Dr. Cardoso’s clinical interests are surgeries of the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, complex elbow reconstruction, peripheral nerve injury, and brachial plexus injury. He has lectured nationally and internationally on a range of topics including brachial plexus, wrist, and elbow injuries.

    He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

    View a list of publications in the Baptist Health Expert Gallery: Selected Works - Roy Cardoso (bepress.com)

    Education & Training

    • Wake Forest Baptist Health - Fellowship Program, Surgery, Hand, 2009
    • University of California Medical Center (Davis) - Residency Program, Orthopaedic Surgery, 2008
    • Tulane University Health Sciences Center - Residency Program, Orthopaedic Surgery, 2006
    • Tulane University School of Medicine - Internship Program, Surgery, General, 2004
    • George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences - Medical School, MD, 2003

    Board Certifications

    • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Hand Surgery, 2012
    • Orthopaedic Surgery, 2011

  • Matthew D. Treiser, M.D., Ph.D.

    Matthew D. Treiser, M.D., Ph.D.

    Matthew D. Treiser, M.D., Ph.D., is a fellowship-trained, board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at the Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida. Dr. Treiser earned his medical degree from the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed his Plastic Surgery Residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a Hand Surgery Fellowship Program at the Union Memorial Hospital.

    Dr. Treiser specializes in plastic & reconstructive surgery as well as hand surgery. He offers a variety of services for patients including treatment of oncologic and non-oncologic injuries, hand fractures, and peripheral nerve conditions. A testament to his expertise in reconstructive surgery, Dr. Treiser has participated in numerous hand transplant surgeries and was part of the team performing the first penile transplant in the United States.

    Prior to joining the Miami Cancer Institute, Dr. Treiser served as an assistant professor for plastic and reconstructive surgery in addition to hand and microsurgery at the Montefiore Medical Center in Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

    View a list of publications in the Baptist Health Expert Gallery: Selected Works - Matthew Treiser (bepress.com)

    Education & Training

    • Union Memorial Hospital - Fellowship Program, Surgery, Hand, 2018
    • Brigham and Women's Hospital - Residency Program, Surgery, Plastic, 2017
    • Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School - Medical School, MD, 2011

    Certifications

    • American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2019

  • Dalibel Bravo, M.D.

    Dalibel Bravo, M.D.

    Dalibel Bravo, M.D., is a fellowship-trained, board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon. Dr. Bravo earned her medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. She completed her Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the New York University Langone Orthopedic Hospital where she participated in the clinical-scientist track which focused on the study of various medications that may enhance fracture healing. She completed an Orthopedic Hand Surgery Fellowship Program at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and a Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute. She obtained a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the Mayo Clinic where she focused on hand surgery.

    Dr. Bravo specializes in hand, wrist, shoulder, and elbow surgeries. Her specialization extends to using the Wide-awake Local Anesthesia No Tourniquet (WALANT) technique which provides patients the option to have surgery without general anesthesia, allows for less time in the hospital, and improves surgical outcomes.

    Dr. Bravo was born in Miami and raised in Puerto Rico. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and French.

    Education & Training

    • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital - Fellowship Program, Surgery, Orthopaedic Hand, 2021
    • NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital - Residency Program, Orthopaedic Surgery, 2020
    • University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (San Juan) - Medical School, MD, 2014

  • John W. Uribe, M.D.

    John W. Uribe, M.D.

    John W. Uribe, M.D., is a fellowship-trained, board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon with a subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine. Dr. Uribe earned his medical degree and General Surgery Internship from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the University of Miami and an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Hughston Clinic.

    Dr. Uribe is the Chief Medical Executive for the Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, and longstanding director of the Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship program, which he founded. He was also a founding member of the UHZ Sports Medicine Institute. Dr. Uribe specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, and minimally invasive surgical procedures for degenerative conditions of the shoulder, elbow, knee, and ankle. His research interests include minimally invasive resurfacing techniques of the knee and shoulder as well as ligament and tendon restoration.

    Additionally, Dr. Uribe is the Medical Director for the Miami Dolphins and Head Team Physician for the Florida Panthers. He is a professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

    View a list of publications in the Baptist Health Expert Gallery: Selected Works - John W. Uribe (bepress.com)

    Education & Training

    • Hughston Orthopedic Clinic Sports Medicine - Fellowship Program, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, 1985
    • University of Miami/Jackson Health System - Residency Program, Orthopedic Surgery, 1981
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Internship Program, General Surgery, 1977
    • University of North Carolina School of Medicine- Medical School, MD, 1976

    Board Certifications

    • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Orthopaedic Surgery, 1982

  • Keith S. Hechtman, M.D.

    Keith S. Hechtman, M.D.

    Keith Hechtman, M.D. is a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine. Dr. Hechtman obtained his medical degree, completed his General Surgery Internship, Orthopedic Surgery Residency, and an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Miami where he was Dr. Uribe’s first fellow.

    Dr. Hechtman specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopy of the shoulder, elbow, knee, and ankle. He has been teaching fellows and residents for over 31 years. Dr. Hechtman is the Head Team Physician for Florida International University and is a professor in the Department of Orthopedics at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. He also serves as a Clinical Instructor for physician assistants and athletic trainers at Barry University, Miami Dade College, and Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Hechtman was a founding member of the UHZ Sports Medicine Institute. He assisted in establishing a relationship between Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Doctors Hospital to enhance the healthcare of student-athletes.

    View a list of publications in the Baptist Health Expert Gallery: Selected Works - Keith Hechtman (bepress.com)

    Education & Training

    • University of Miami – Fellowship Program, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, 1989
    • University of Miami/Jackson Health System – Residency Program, Orthopedic Surgery Residency, 1988
    • University of Miami – Internship Program, General Surgery, 1984
    • University of Miami School of Medicine – Medical School, MD, 1983

    Board Certifications

    • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Orthopedic Sports Medicine Subspecialty, 2007
    • Orthopedic Surgery, 1991

  • Gautam P. Yagnik, M.D.

    Gautam P. Yagnik, M.D.

    Gautam Yagnik, M.D., is a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine. Dr. Yagnik earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh where he graduated at the top of his class and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the University of Pennsylvania where he was elected Administrative Chief Resident and was given the Willard Award for the most outstanding resident. Dr. Yagnik completed his Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship in our program.

    Dr. Yagnik specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, and knee. He is Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at West Kendall Baptist Hospital. He also serves as a Team Physician for the Miami Dolphins and the Florida Panthers.

    View a list of publications in the Baptist Health Expert Gallery: Selected Works - Gautam Yagnik (bepress.com)

    Education & Training

    • UHZ Sports Medicine Institute - Fellowship Program, Orthopedic Sports Medicine, 2009
    • University of Pennsylvania - Residency Program, Orthopedic Surgery, 2008
    • University of Pittsburgh - School of Medicine, Medical School, MD, 2003

    Board Certifications

    • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, 2014
    • Orthopaedic Surgery, 2011

  • John E. Zvijac, M.D.

    John E. Zvijac, M.D.

    John Zvijac, M.D., is a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine. Dr. Zvijac earned his medical degree from the State University of New York Buffalo School of Medicine. He completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the University of Miami and an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute.

    Dr. Zvijac is a founding partner of UHZ Sports Medicine Institute. He specializes in sports medicine and surgery of the shoulder, elbow, and knee.

    View a list of publications in the Baptist Health Expert Gallery: Selected Works - John Zvijac (bepress.com)

    Education & Training

    • American Sports Medicine Institute (Trinity) – Fellowship Program, Orthopedic Sports Medicine, 1992
    • University of Miami/Jackson Health System, Residency Program, Orthopedic Surgery, 1991
    • University of Miami School of Medicine – Internship Program, General Surgery, 1987
    • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences - Medical School, MD, 1986

    Board Certifications

    • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, 2007
    • Orthopaedic Surgery, 1994

  • Charles Jordan, M.D.

    Charles Jordan, M.D.

    Charles Jordan, M.D., is a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Jordan earned his medical degree from the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He completed his General Surgery Internship at the New York University Medical Center, his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the New York University Langone Orthopedic Hospital, and an Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship Program at the Tampa General Hospital.

    Dr. Jordan specializes in orthopedic trauma and general orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include complex fractures and musculoskeletal injuries, upper and lower extremity reconstruction, and chronic post-traumatic orthopedic conditions.

    Dr. Jordan has lectured nationally and internationally on orthopedic injuries. He has published his research in leading medical journals and medical textbooks on orthopedic treatments and surgical techniques.

    Dr. Jordan served as a physician for the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and New York City Public School Athletic League. He is currently an Assistant Team Physician for the Florida Panthers hockey team.

    Education & Training

    • Tampa General Hospital - Fellowship Program, Orthopedic Trauma, 2012
    • NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital - Residency Program, Orthopaedic Surgery, 2011
    • New York University Medical Center (New York City) - Internship Program, Surgery, General, 2007
    • Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (Newark) - Medical School, MD, 2006

    Board Certifications

    • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Orthopaedic Surgery, 2014

  • Howard Bar-Eli, M.D.

    Howard Bar-Eli, M.D.

    Howard Bar-Eli, M.D., is a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Bar-Eli earned his medical degree, completed his General Surgery Internship, and an Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where he served as Chief Resident. He completed an Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship Program at the University of Miami.

    Dr. Bar-Eli specializes in trauma. He treats all types of injuries. He has unique expertise and training to treat complex orthopedic problems. Dr. Bar-Eli provides comprehensive treatment for early stabilization of fractures, preservation of nerves and blood vessels, soft tissue loss, and aggressive rehabilitation to heal fractured bones and restore the anatomic alignment of joint surfaces and return patients to maximum function.

    Dr. Bar-Eli has been published in textbook and orthopedic journals on topics that enhance the efficacy of treatments patient outcomes.

    He was a Team Physician for the Rutgers University and multiple high school football teams in New Jersey.

    Education & Training

    • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine - Fellowship Program, Orthopedic Trauma, 2018
    • Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School - Residency Program, Orthopaedic Surgery, 2017
    • Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School - Internship Program, Surgery, General, 2013
    • Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School - Medical School, MD, 2012

    Board Certifications

    • American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery
    • Orthopedic Surgery, 2020

  • Vivien Fongué, D.O.

    Vivien Fongué, D.O.

    Vivien Fongué, D.O., is a fellowship-trained, board-certified Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon. Dr. Fongué earned his medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Grandview Medical Center and an Orthopedic Trauma Surgery Fellowship at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

    Dr. Fongué has specialized training in orthopedic trauma surgery. His areas of focus include the management of complex trauma such as pelvic, acetabular, and periprosthetic fractures, nonunion and malunion, and the posttraumatic reconstruction of upper and lower extremities.

    Dr. Fongué has published peer-reviewed articles and presented research on his specialty. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, Orthopedic Trauma Association, and AO North America.

    Education & Training

    • University of Missouri Health School of Medicine - Fellowship Program, Orthopedic Trauma, 2014
    • CORE/Grandview Hospital and Medical Center - Residency Program, Orthopaedic Surgery, 2013
    • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (Missouri) - Medical School, DO, 2008

    Board Certifications

    • American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery
    • Orthopedic Surgery, 2016

  • Giovanni Paraliticci, M.D.

    Giovanni Paraliticci, M.D.

    Giovanni Paraliticci, M.D., is a fellowship-trained, board certified Orthopedic Surgeon. Dr. Paraliticci completed his medical degree, General Surgery Internship, and an Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the University of Puerto Rico. He completed a Musculoskeletal Oncology Fellowship at the University of Miami and an Adult Hip & Knee Reconstruction Fellowship at the Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute.

    Dr. Paraliticci specializes in orthopedic surgical oncology at the Miami Cancer Institute and is an Orthopedic Surgeon with the Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute. His specialization extends to surgical treatment of musculoskeletal tumors, soft tissue tumors, and metastatic lesions. He also treats oncologic patients with orthopedic problems including fractures, arthritis, avascular necrosis, and osteoporosis.

    Dr. Paraliticci has extensive training and experience in surgical management of arthritic conditions of the hip and knee. He is skilled in procedures including primary and revision total knee and hip arthroplasty, partial knee arthroplasty, custom knee replacements, and robotics. Dr. Paraliticci’s goal is to maximize the function of each patient with advanced surgical and reconstructive techniques.

    Education & Training

    • Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute - Fellowship Program, Adult Hip & Knee Reconstruction, 2019
    • University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital - Fellowship Program, Musculoskeletal Oncology, 2018
    • University of Puerto Rico - Residency Program, Orthopaedic Surgery, 2017
    • University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus - Internship, General Surgery, 2012
    • University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (San Juan) - Medical School, MD, 2010

    Board Certifications

    • American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery
    • Orthopedic Surgery, 2020

  • Melissa Guanche, M.D.

    Melissa Guanche, M.D.

    Melissa Guanche, M.D., is a fellowship-trained, board-certified doctor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Guanche earned her medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. She completed her Internal Medicine Internship at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida, her Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and a Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at the OSS/Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.

    Dr. Guanche is the Director of Interventional Spine at the Miami Neuroscience Institute’s Spine Center. She specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry) which aims to enhance and restore the functional ability of patients with physical impairments or disabilities affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. She designs comprehensive patient-centered treatment plans that help maximize their independence in activities of daily living and improve their quality of life.

    Dr. Guanche has published articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals and presented her clinical findings at medical conferences.

    View a list of publications in the Baptist Health Expert Gallery: Selected Works - Melissa Guanche (bepress.com)

    Education & Training

    • OSS/Sinai Hospital of Baltimore - Fellowship Program, Sports Medicine, 2014
    • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital - Residency Program, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2013
    • Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida - Internship Program, Internal Medicine, 2010
    • Ponce School of Medicine (Puerto Rico) - Medical School, MD, 2009

    Board Certifications

    • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2014

Our Partners at Nicklaus Children's Hospital

  • Chad A. Perlyn, M.D.

    Chad A. Perlyn, M.D.

    Chad A. Perlyn, M.D. is President of the Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Specialists (NCPS), a physician-led group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. Dr. Perlyn is also a practicing pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgeon. As a pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Perlyn’s practice is dedicated solely to caring for children and young adults with congenital or acquired anomalies and injuries. His clinical interests are in craniofacial surgery, vascular anomalies, and pigmented lesions of the skin.

    Dr. Perlyn attended medical school at the University of Miami where he graduated with honors. He completed his General Surgery and Plastic Surgery Residencies at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, one of the country’s oldest and most established plastic surgery training programs.

    During his residency, Dr. Perlyn was the recipient of an American College of Surgeons Fellowship, allowing him to spend three years at the University of Oxford in England completing a doctorate degree in craniofacial molecular biology. While at Oxford, Dr. Perlyn studied why children are born with particular facial birth defects, and as a result of his efforts, he received several national and international awards. Following the completion of his plastic surgery training, Dr. Perlyn went on to study craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery as a fellow under the tutelage of Dr. Jeffrey Marsh in St. Louis.

    Education & Training

    • St. John’s Mercy Medical Center – Fellowship in Pediatric Plastic Surgery and Craniofacial, 2009
    • Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes Hospital and Saint Louis Children's Hospital – Residency in Plastic surgery, 2008
    • University of Oxford, Dep. of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, Oxford, England - PhD graduate student, 2006
    • Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes Hospital and Saint Louis Children's Hospital – Combined General Surgery/Plastic Surgery Training Program, 2003
    • University of Miami School of Medicine - Medical School, MD, 2000

    Board Certifications

    • American Board of Plastic Surgery
    • Plastic Surgery, 2010

  • Aaron Berger, M.D.

    Aaron Berger, M.D.

    Aaron Berger, M.D. serves as Chief of the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Nicklaus Children's Pediatric Specialists (NCPS). Dr. Berger is Medical Director of the Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Program, Pediatric Hand Program, and the Wound Care Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Dr. Berger is employed by Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Specialists.

    Dr. Berger earned his medical degree in Experimental Pathology from the Medical Scientist Training Program at Yale University. He completed his Plastic Surgery Residency at the Stanford University Medical Center and a Hand Surgery and Microsurgery Fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center.

    Dr. Berger was selected as the first recipient of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand’s International Hand Surgery Fellowship. During his fellowship, he trained at centers of excellence in China for the treatment of brachial plexus and other peripheral nerve injuries, complex extremity trauma, and congenital differences of the upper extremity.

    Dr. Berger was trained in all aspects of plastic surgery and his main surgical interests are in reconstructive surgery of the hand and extremities including microsurgical reconstruction. His clinical practice is dedicated to the treatment of congenital hand and arm differences, brachial plexus injuries, and reconstructive plastic surgery. His primary research interests are currently focused on determining optimal treatment pathways for brachial plexus birth injuries and congenital differences of the upper limb. Dr. Berger works in partnership with a multidisciplinary team at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and its network of outpatient centers to provide evaluation and care of patients with congenital hand/arm differences, brachial plexus injuries, finger/hand amputations, tendon/nerve injuries, burn injuries, post-oncologic deformities and trauma-related injuries, including fractures/dislocations of the hand and wrist.

    Dr. Berger is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery with sub-specialty certification in hand surgery. He is a member of the American Association for Hand Surgery and American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery.

    Dr. Berger’s work has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and he has authored chapters for several medical textbooks.

    Education & Training

    • UCLA Medical Center - Fellowship Program, Hand Surgery, Microsurgery, 2014
    • Stanford University Hospital - Residency Program, Plastic Surgery, 2013
    • Yale University School of Medicine - Medical School, MD, 2007

    Board Certifications

    • American Board of Plastic Surgery
    • Hand Surgery, 2016
    • Plastic Surgery, 2015