Senior-level hires and promotions in South Florida for the week of June 5, 2017

LEAH MELBER has been named Knight Vice President of Education at The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science.
LEAH MELBER has been named Knight Vice President of Education at The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science.


At the Miami City Ballet:

▪ Michael Tiknis will be interim executive director. He is the former president and managing director of the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago. Tiknis did his undergraduate study at Seton Hall University.

▪ Laura Hood Babcock will be director of marketing, sales and communications. Babcock, a former ballerina, was recently the artistic associate for Ballet Arkansas. She has a bachelor’s in American studies from Dickinson College.


At Baptist Health South Florida, the following executive posts within the clinical enterprise division have been made:

▪ Dr. Jonathan Fialkow has been named chief clinical integration officer. He’ll lead initiatives for the system in the integration of physicians and other clinicians into the design and implementation of best-care practices, and he’ll continue as founding executive medical director of the Baptist Health Quality Network. Fialkow was previously medical director of the Stress Lab, EKG and Cardiac Rehabilitation, and co-director of the Chest Pain Center at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute.

▪ Dr. Louis Gidel has been named chief medical informatics and quality officer. He will align clinical informatics and data with metrics from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Previously, Gidel was Baptist Health’s chief medical informatics officer.

▪ Dr. Mark Hauser has been named president, medical staff affairs. He’ll be responsible for the system-wide approach to evidence-based care and oversee the organization’s clinical care (EBCC) committee. Hauser will also oversee care management, patient safety, the system’s Institutional Review Board and various clinical committees, the Baptist Health entity chief medical officers’ council, and other physician hospital-based councils. He was previously VP of medical affairs and chief medical officer at Baptist Hospital of Miami.

▪ Philipp Ludwig has been named corporate vice president and chief operating officer of the new division. He will provide administrative, operations and leadership support. Ludwig was previously founding vice president of operations for Baptist Health Medical Group.

▪ Dr. Khurram Nasir has been named corporate medical director of the Baptist Health Center for Research. He is an expert in population health and outcomes research, with a particular interest related to cardiovascular disease prevention. Nasir is medical director of Baptist Health’s Center for Healthcare Advancement and Outcomes.

▪ Milly Selgas, R.N., has been named vice president of care coordination and transitions of care. She will direct case management and utilization operations across Baptist Health. Selgas will also oversee efforts to improve the continuity of care for patients after they are discharged from the hospital. She was previously assistant vice president of nursing at South Miami Hospital.

At the Miami Cancer Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida:

▪  Dr. Yoon Hang “John” Kim has been named director of integrative medicine. He’ll lead the team of acupuncturists, massage therapists, dietitians and exercise physiologists with treatments designed to combat cancer-related side effects. Kim was previously a consultant to numerous hospitals, clinics and schools.


Wendi Adelson has been named executive director for the Immigration Partnership & Coalition (IMPAC) Fund, which was founded in May by Mike Fernandez, chair of MBF Healthcare Partners, and led by South Florida business leaders to raise funds for non-felon undocumented immigrants who need legal assistance. Adelson was a law clerk to the Hon. Adalberto Jordan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from 2015 to 2016, and was a law professor for seven years, specializing in immigration, at Florida State University. She is a Miami Fellow and was a Truman Scholar, Gates Scholar, Coca-Cola Scholar and Silver Knight recipient. She also wrote “This Is Our Story,” a novel about human trafficking. Adelson has a bachelor’s from Brandeis, a master’s in international relations from the University of Cambridge, and a J.D. from the University of Miami.


Angela Moore has been named director of marketing for insights and communications at ABB OPTICAL GROUP in Coral Springs. Most recently she was director of professional promotion and neuroscience marketing at Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Moore has a bachelor’s in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in public health from Columbia.


Philip Gutman has joined Brown Harris Stevens as executive vice president and managing broker of the firm’s Miami Beach and Key Biscayne offices. He was previously vice president at Douglas Elliman Development Marketing. Gutman has a bachelor’s from Hofstra.

This column lists high-level promotions of senior executives at the director level and above who are based in South Florida. These announcements, which also are at, are for full-time, paid positions. Send items, including previous job; educational background; and high-res jpegs of head shots, to

Mover’s spotlight

Name: Leah Melber

New position: Knight Vice President of Education at The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, in downtown Miami’s Museum Park.

From: Director of audience engagement at the Washington State Historical Society.

About: Melber will oversee the development and management of all educational activities within Frost Science. She is charged with developing innovative approaches to serve and engage the public through informal STEM education, and working with educational thought leaders to advance science literacy. Programs will be based in the Knight Learning Center. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation made both Melber’s new position and the Learning Center possible.

Also: Melber is a former elementary-school teacher and university professor. She has worked at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

Education: Bachelor’s in zoology from the University of New Hampshire; master’s in education from Pepperdine University; doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Southern California.

Best advice: The best advice I was ever given was to look at challenges as opportunities and to be open to unique and innovative opportunities even if at first, they may be outside one’s comfort zone.

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