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Dabal, Mason and Penugonda Appointed to New Roles at Children's
BIRMINGHAM – Delicia Mason, Robert J. Dabal, MD, and Madhuri Penugonda, MD were recently appointed to new positions at Children’s of Alabama.

Mason was recently named division director of acute care. During her career at Children’s, she worked as a staff nurse, ECMO nurse/specialist, relief charge nurse and nurse educator. She has led several projects focused on improving clinical collaboration to enhance the quality of the patient/family experience at Children’s. Mason earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Auburn University at Montgomery and a master’s degree in nursing health systems administration from UAB. A Montgomery native, she lives in Helena.

Dabal, who is also an associate professor of surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), was named chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at the state’s only freestanding pediatric medical facility. He received his medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine. Dabal completed a general surgery internship and residency at New York Presbyterian-Columbia and fellowships in pediatric cardiac surgery at The Children’s Hospital in Denver and Boston Children’s Hospital. His research interests are in the areas of quality improvement and clinical outcomes research with an emphasis on improving surgical care and decreasing morbidity following neonatal cardiac surgery. Raised in North Carolina, he lives in Mountain Brook.

Penugonda, who is also an assistant professor of pediatric pulmonology at UAB, recently joined Children’s as a pediatric pulmonologist and treats patients at North Alabama Children’s Specialists in Huntsville. She also sees patients weekly at Children’s in Birmingham. She received her medical degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Penugonda completed a pediatric residency and was chief resident at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, N.Y.; and a pediatric pulmonology fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta. Her clinical expertise includes asthma, bronchoscopy, interstitial lung disease and pulmonary complications of sickle cell disease. She is a native of Orlando, Fla., and lives in Huntsville.

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 41 other states and eight foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 outpatient visitsand nearly 15,000 inpatient admissions. 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 specialty services provided at Children’s South, Children’s on 3rd and in Huntsville and Montgomery. 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, psychiatry, research and residency programs. More information is available at