Leslie Ann Rhodes, MD, MBA

UAB Division of Pediatric Cardiology
Academic Title
Associate Professor
Specialty 3
Cardiology & Cardiac Intensive Care
Other Titles
CVICU Fellowship Director
Secondary Address
1600 7th Avenue South, CPP1 - 102
Birmingham, AL 35233
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University of the South, Sewanee, 2003
Medical School
University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2007
Pediatrics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2010
Pediatric Critical Care, Vanderbilt University 2011 and University of Alabama at Birmingham 2014; Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care UAB 2015
American Board of Pediatrics, American Board of pediatric Critical Care
Professional Organizations
2019–Present – Beta Gamma Sigma – International Business Honor Society
2019–Present – Society of Collegiate Leadership and Achievement
2016–2017 – Society for Pediatric Research Junior Section
2014–Present – Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society Member
2007–Present – American Academy of Pediatrics
Honors and Awards
Quarterback Club Subspecialty Education Award
Notable Publications and Presentations
  1. Alten JA, Rhodes LA, Tabbutt S, Cooper DS, Graham EM, Ghanayem N, Marino BS, Figueroa MI, Chanani NK, Jacobs JP, Donohue JE, Yu S, Gaies M. Perioperative feeding management of neonates with CHD: analysis of the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium (PC4) registry. Cardiol Young. 2015 Dec;25(8):1593-601
  2. Rhodes LA, Erwin, WC, Borasino S, Alten JA. Central venous to arterial carbon dioxide difference monitoring after cardiac surgery in infants and neonates. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2017 Mar;18(3):228-233
  3. Q Li, H. Hara. C.A. Banks, T. Yamamoto, D. Ayares, D.C. Mauchley, R.J. Dabal, W. Carlo, L.A. Rhodes, D.K.C. Cooper, D.C. Cleveland. Anti-Pig antibody levels in immunologically-naive infants and after cardiac surgery: can a genetically-engineered pig heart act as a bridge to allotransplantation? Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 Apr;109(4):1268-1273
  4. Padilla LA, Sorabella RA, Carlo WF, Dabal RJ, Rhodes L, Cleveland DC, Cooper DK, Paris W. Attitudes to Cardiac Xenotransplantation by Pediatric Heart Surgeons and Physicians. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2020 Jul;11(4):426-430.
  5. Bikhet M, Morsi M, Hara H, Rhodes LA, Carlo WF, Cleveland D, Cooper DKC, Iwase H. The immune system in infants: Relevance to xenotransplantation. Pediatr Transplant. 2020 Nov;24(7):e13795.
  6. Padilla LA, Rhodes L, Sorabella RA, Hurst DJ, Cleveland DC, Dabal RJ, Cooper DK, Paris W, Carlo WF. Attitudes toward xenotransplantation: A survey of parents and pediatric cardiac providers. Pediatr Transplant. 2021
  7. Cleveland DC, Jagdale A, Carlo WF, Iwase H, Crawford J, Walcott GP, Dabal RJ, Sorabella RA, Rhodes L, Timpa J, Litovsky S, O'Meara C, Padilla LA, Foote J, Mauchley D, Bikhet M, Ayares D, Yamamoto T, Hara H, Cooper DK. The Genetically Engineered Heart as a Bridge to Allotransplantation in Infants Just Around the Corner? Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Jun
Special Interests
Dr. Rhodes serves as the pediatric cardiovascular fellowship director and is focused on fostering an environment of education amongst staff participating in the care of pediatric patients with critical heart disease. Clinical interests include participating in the care of children with congenital and acquired heart disease and improving their preoperative, perioperative, and postoperative care. Additional, Dr. Rhodes participates in clinical and translational research in an effort to better understand pediatric heart disease and ultimately improve case of these critically ill patients. Specific research interests include collaborative research across the country to improve fellowship as well as developing additional tools for assessing postoperative cardiac output through non-invasive means.
Physician Type
Pediatric Cardiac Intensivist
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