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Leslie Ann Rhodes, MD, MBA

Leslie Ann Rhodes, MD, MBA

CVICU, Critical Care, Cardiology & Cardiac Intensive Care


Medical Office

1600 7th Avenue South, CPP1 - 102
Birmingham , AL 35233

About Me

Associate Professor, CVICU Fellowship Director


UAB , Pediatrics (2010)

Medical School:
University of Mississippi Medical Center (2007)

Vanderbilt University , Pediatric Critical Care (2011)

University of Alabama at Birmingham , Pediatric Critical Care (2014)

University of Alabama at Birmingham , Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care (2015)

University of the South (2003)

Board Certifications

Critical Care, American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatric Critical Care (1970)

Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics (1970)

Honors and Awards

Quarterback Club Subspecialty Education Award

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.

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


  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