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Dr. Wendy Carcamo Joins PCCSF

We are excited to announce Dr. Wendy Carcamo has joined our PCCSF family!

Dr. Carcamo received her medical degree from the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando, Florida. She completed her pediatric residency and pediatric critical care medicine fellowship at Arnold Palmer Children’s hospital in Orlando, Florida.

Prior to obtaining her medical degree, she obtained her PhD in molecular cell biology at the University of Florida.  During which time she studied autoantibodies and identified a novel cellular structure. The interest in research continued during fellowship in which she studied the use of orbital sheath diameter as a surrogate for ICP. Additionally, studied the utility of early mobility with lead to the implementation of early mobility guidelines in the PICU.

Additional areas of interest include education with a focus on the use of simulations as an education tool.

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Welcome Dr. Jonathan Runyon

PCCSF is pleased to announce that Dr. Jonathan Runyon has joined our practice.

Dr. Runyon is a great addition to our team and his expertise will help us to continue delivering quality care to our patients.

Dr. Jonathan Runyon received his Bachelor of Science in Biological Science from Florida State University and his Doctor of Medicine from St. George’s University School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (formerly Miami Children’s Hospital) and his pediatric critical care medicine fellowship at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston McGovern Medical School.

Dr. Runyon’s professional interests include pediatric acute respiratory distress syndrome, shock, trauma, traumatic brain injury, solid organ transplant, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. His personal interests include spending time with his wife, daughter and two goldendoodles, fishing, scuba diving, surfing, golfing, and the Florida Keys.

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PCCSF Welcomes Dr. Prashanth Shanmugham

Our entire PCCSF team is excited to announce that Dr. Prashanth Shanmugham has joined our practice. With his passion and expertise in providing advanced and compassionate care to critically ill patients, Dr. Shanmugham is a perfect fit for our mission and will be a valuable asset to us. Read on to get to know him!

Dr. Shanmugham received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida, and his medical degree from Florida International University. He completed his general pediatrics residency at the University of Florida, and his pediatric critical care fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern/Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Shanmugham is passionate about providing the most advanced and compassionate care possible for critically ill children and is also interested in quality improvement, medical informatics, and the medical humanities.

Happy to return home to the sunny shores of South Florida, he lives in Miami with his wife and his coonhound, Amber. He enjoys far too many hobbies, including hiking, gardening, traveling, landscape photography, road biking, and computer building.

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Tatiana Zedan, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC Featured in DailyNurse.com

The pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is where we treat the sickest children with the highest level of care. Our group of doctors highly rely on our advanced practice registered nurses to treat these patients and ensure the best possible outcome.

This demanding but rewarding field requires specialized training and skills and the ability to handle the challenges that can arise.

Our Tatiana Zedan, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, was recently interviewed by DailyNurse.com and shared what a day in the life of a pediatric critical care nurse is like. Click here to read her interview.

We thank Tatiana, and all our nurses, for their work and their dedication to all our patients.

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Seven-year-Old Boy Recovers After Surviving Near-Fatal Crash

On December 19, 2022, Jacob and his mother were involved in a devastating crash in Miramar that sadly took her life. The crash left Jacob with a brain injury, several extremity and pelvic fractures, and multiple organ injuries in his liver, heart, and kidneys, he was taken to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Level 1 Trauma Center where trauma doctors and surgeons worked quickly to save his life by providing resuscitation and intense critical care to treat his injuries.

Jacob’s condition was so severe, doctors didn’t expect him to survive, and his long-term prognosis was likely poor if he made it through the night.

“From his head to his toe, every organ was affected,” shared Dr. Greissman. “He was in a traumatic coma. We didn’t know if he would ever wake up.”

Jacob spent two months at JDCH under the care of doctors from many specialties including the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and trauma. Through this team effort, doctors were able to save Jacob’s life and help him overcome his injuries and on February 22, 2023, he was cheerfully discharged from Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

“The PICU staff and doctors made the worst experience in my life a little easier,” said Jacob’s dad, Anthony Estrada. “The attention and care Jacob and my family received was like we were one of their own, a part the Joe DiMaggio family. From our doctors, Dr. Greissman and Dr. Duncan, to our nurses, Emily, Faith, Hannah, Amanda, Aimee, and Ileen, our beloved social worker, Dina, to name a few, and the countless other staff members that made our 65-day stay easier. No matter the issue that arose with Jacob’s recovery, I knew we were in great hands! Jacob and I owe the staff everything, because of them and God, my Jacob is alive and walking. There are no words for how grateful I am for the medical staff at Joe DiMaggio Children’s!”

We’re happy to see Jacob is doing well and wish him and his dad all the best. To see his story on CBS Miami, click here.

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