Primary Office

Nemours Children's Hospital, Florida Nemours Children's Hospital, Florida 6535 Nemours Parkway Orlando, FL 32827 Appointment: (407) 650-7715

Other Offices

Get to Know Me

I’ve wanted to care for people since I was very young. From the end of high school through medical school, I volunteered as a paramedic. During those 10 years, I saw how patients live and their struggles to care for sick children at home. This has helped me care for my patients because I understand the many challenges that their family may face.

Why I Treat Children

I chose pediatric surgery when I realized that I could be a voice for patients who have either a small voice or no voice at all.

What I'm Passionate About

I’m passionate about pediatric surgical oncology and advocating for tumor detection in the early stages. Children’s complaints can be inarticulate and difficult to pin down, so they are sometimes labeled just a normal part of childhood. My job is to listen, recognize the issues, and speak up for them.

How I Try to Make A Difference

When I joined the surgery department, I worked to establish an Orlando-based tumor board of Nemours specialists to help manage our cancer patients. As a member of the board, I represent the surgical oncology patients. Also, my laboratory is dedicated to the basic science study of neuroblastoma, which I plan to translate into clinical care.

Education & Training


  • Pediatric Surgery - University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2013
  • Pediatric Surgical Oncology - St Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 2011
  • Surgical Research - Duke University Surgical Services, 2006


  • General Surgery - University of Florida College of Medicine, 2001


  • General Surgery - Duke University Medical Center, 2010

Medical/Dental School

  • MD - Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, 2000
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Duke University, 2006

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery/General Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery/Pediatric Surgery

Awards & Recognition

  • 2010 Appleseed Medical Student Teaching Award, Duke University Medical Center
  • 2010 Robert W. Anderson Outstanding General Surgery Chief Resident of the Year, Duke University Medical Center
  • 2003 Moseley Surgical Research Award
  • 2002 Association of Academic Surgery Research Award
  • 2000 Surgical Intern of the Year

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Better Health FL Medicaid and Healthy Kids
  • AmeriHealth Caritas Florida (FKA Prestige Health Choice)
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield HMO
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Non HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Florida Blue Select
  • Cigna & Great West HMO/POS Open Access
  • Cigna & Great West PPO/EPO
  • Community Care Plan Medicaid
  • Employers Health Network PPO
  • Evolutions Healthcare
  • First Health Aetna PPO/EPO
  • Florida Medicaid
  • Florida Medicare
  • Health First Health Plans
  • HealthSmart Health Plans PPO
  • Humana HMO/POS
  • Humana PPO/EPO
  • Molina Healthcare Medicaid
  • Multiplan PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare PPO ORL
  • Prime Health Services PPO Specialty Florida
  • Seminole Tribe of Florida
  • Simply Healthcare Healthy Kids
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Star Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine SMI/CMS 19 & 21
  • Sunshine State Health Plan Medicaid
  • Three Rivers Provider Network
  • Tricare/Humana Military Health Services
  • United Healthcare Commercial Products
  • United Healthcare Community Plan Medicaid
  • Volusia Health Network PPO/EPO

  • Abdominal Masses
  • Anti-Reflux Surgery
  • Breast Disorders
  • Burn Care
  • Chest Wall Disorders
  • Gall Bladder Disease
  • Hernias and Hydroceles
  • Wound Care

Research Activities

Dr. Westmoreland is part of a team of Nemours researchers that has just shown in the lab how Neuroblastoma tumors can potentially shrink or disappear using the Zika virus. See More

Her research interests include:

  • Pediatric oncology
  • Neuroblastoma

Medical Interests

  • Neonatal conditions
  • Pediatric oncology
  • Thoracic disease

  • Hurtado, C. G., Westmoreland, T. J., Patel, P. K., Madueme, P. C., Scherer, A. G., Sedney, A. V., & Nelson, J. S. (2022). Persistent Double Dorsal Aorta Surrounding Large Neuroenteric Cyst. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 113(3), e239. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.10.043

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  • Mazar, J., Gordon, C., Naga, V., & Westmoreland, T. J. (2020). The killing of human neuroblastoma cells by the small molecule JQ1 occurs in a p53-dependent manner. Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry, 20(13), 1613-1625. doi:10.2174/1871520620666200424123834

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  • Parus, A., Waler, A., Westmoreland, T., Johnson, C., & Kellogg, B. (2020). Keystone Flap Reconstruction after Resection of a Large Paraspinal Venous Malformation in an Infant. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open. doi:10.1097/GOX.0000000000003141

  • Middleton, T. C., Drehner, D., Epelman, M., Westmoreland, T. J., Casas-Melley, A., & Ellsworth, P. (2020). Pediatric renal mass or xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis? Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports, 56. doi:10.1016/j.epsc.2019.101310

  • Mazar, J., Li, Y., Rosado, A., Phelan, P., Kedarinath, K., Parks, G. D., & Westmoreland, T. J. (2018). Zika virus as an oncolytic treatment of human neuroblastoma cells requires CD24. PLoS ONE, 13(7). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0200358

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  • Kalashnikova, I., Mazar, J., Neal, C. J., Rosado, A. L., Das, S., Westmoreland, T. J., & Seal, S. (2017). Nanoparticle delivery of curcumin induces cellular hypoxia and ROS-mediated apoptosis: Via modulation of Bcl-2/Bax in human neuroblastoma. Nanoscale, 9(29), 10375-10387. doi:10.1039/c7nr02770b

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  • Mazar, J., Rosado, A., Shelley, J., Marchica, J., & Westmoreland, T. J. (2017). The long non-coding RNA GAS5 differentially regulates cell cycle arrest and apoptosis through activation of BRCA1 and p53 in human neuroblastoma. Oncotarget, 8(4), 6589-6607. doi:10.18632/oncotarget.14244

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