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BIRMINGHAM (June 19, 2013) – Children’s of Alabama recently announced several new appointments, including Dr. David Cleveland joining the cardiothoracic surgical team practicing in the Bruno Pediatric Heart Center. In addition, Rev. Herb Robertson has been named director of pastoral care program and Rocky Caldwell is the new divisional director of ambulatory operations and patient access at the state’s only freestanding pediatric medical facility.

Cleveland, an assistant professor of cardiovascular surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), is a veteran cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon. He 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 North Texas Hospital for Children in Dallas, Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at 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 2011. His special interests include treatment of complex congenital heart disease, fetal intervention and outcomes measurement for continuous performance improvement. Cleveland received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and his medical degree from UAB, and he completed his Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. In addition, 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.

Robertson, who lives in Springville, 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 by the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. 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 365 days per year.

Caldwell, who lives in Alabaster, received his bachelor’s degree in nursing from UAB and has worked at Children’s since 1992 specializing in trauma and emergency medicine. Since 1999, he has served in the role of department director for outpatient surgery, inpatient acute care and department director of specialty care services including general surgery, plastic surgery, neurosurgery, urology, neurology, and orthopedic surgery. Caldwell’s new duties will be to ensure patient access to services across the organization and off-site facilities including referrals/intake process scheduling, registration, and enhancing the patient, family, and medical staff experience with ease of access. He is also responsible for evaluating new technologies and integrating current and future technologies with clinical practice.

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 U.S. 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 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