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BIRMINGHAM (March 20, 2012) – Stuart A. Royal, M.S., M.D., FACR, Children’s of Alabama’s Radiologist-In-Chief, was recently selected as one of two recipients of the 2012 Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR) Presidential Award.

The SPR bestows the Presidential Award on members or other individuals whose energy and creativity have made a significant impact on the work of the Society and its service to its members. This year’s honor will be presented on April 17, during the SPR’s annual meeting and post-graduate course.

The organization is committed to improving the health care of the patient by providing excellence of diagnostic imaging and treatment of neonates, infants, children and adolescents.

Royal, a Birmingham native, graduated from medical school at the University of Alabama and completed his residency at the University of California in San Francisco. He has since been selected as one of “The Best Doctors in America” and has won both a Children’s Advocate Award and a Physicians Advocate Award for his exceptional work in the field of pediatric imaging. 

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 hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Ten of its divisions – pulmonology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, neonatology, cancer, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and nephrology—were recently ranked in the Top 50 Children’s Hospital Programs by US News & World Report. Children’s is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet-designated hospital for its excellence of nursing care. The hospital is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011. For more information, visit, or