Pediatric Heart Surgeon Dr. David Cleveland Joins Children’s

BIRMINGHAM (May 6, 2013) – Children’s of Alabama recently announced the affiliation of David Cleveland, MD, MBA joining the team of cardiothoracic surgeons at the state’s only freestanding pediatric medical facility.  Cleveland practices in the new Bruno Pediatric Heart Center at Children’s of Alabama.

A veteran cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, Dr. Cleveland served as the Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery for St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, the Medical Director for the Pediatric Heart Program at the North Texas Hospital for Children in Dallas, Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and most recently as the Chief Medical Officer at Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster.

While in Phoenix, Cleveland founded the Eller Congenital Heart Center and served as its Executive Director until his departure in 2011.  His special interests include early repair of complex congenital heart disease, fetal intervention and outcomes measurement for continuous performance improvement.

Dr. Cleveland received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and he completed his Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.  In addition, Dr. Cleveland holds a master’s of business administration degree from Auburn and is certified as a physician executive from the American College of Physician Executives.  He and his wife have three grown children.

Robertson Named New Pastoral Care Director, Caldwell Appointed Divisional Director of Ambulatory Operations and Patient Access

Reverend Herb Robertson recently was named to the position of pastoral care director for Children’s of Alabama.  Robertson holds a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville State University and earned his master’s in divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1990.  He was ordained in 1992 in the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. A resident of Springville, Robertson most recently served as head of pastoral care at Brookwood Medical Center and completed his clinical pastoral education at Carraway Methodist Medical Center and the former Baptist Medical Center Montclair, now Trinity Medical Center. The Pastoral Care Team at Children’s of Alabama provides spiritual and emotional support and guidance to patients, families and staff through encouragement, inspiration and vision. With 12 chaplains available, the Pastoral Care Team is able to provide around-the-clock spiritual care at Children’s of Alabama 365 days per year.


Rocky Caldwell recently was appointed as the new Divisional Director of Ambulatory Operations and Patient Access for Children’s of Alabama.  Caldwell received his bachelor’s of science degree in nursing and has worked at Children’s since 1992 specializing in trauma and emergency medicine. Since 1999, he has served in the role of a Department Director for Outpatient Surgery, Inpatient Acute Care, and most recently Department Director of Specialty Care Services including general surgery, plastic surgery, neurosurgery, urology, neurology, and orthopedic Surgery. A native of Birmingham and long-time resident of Alabaster, Caldwell’s role as the Divisional Director will be to ensure patient access to services across the organization and off-site facilities including referrals/intake process scheduling, registration, enhancing the patient, family, and medical staff experience with ease of access. The Divisional Director also is responsible for evaluating new technologies and integrating current and future technologies with clinical practice.


About Children’s of Alabama:

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. For the past three years, Children’s has been ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Last year, patients made more than 634,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 47 other states. With more than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional outpatient services provided at Children’s South and Children’s on 3rd. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Children’s recently moved much of its inpatient services into a new building named The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children. More information is available at



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