rehab3_200 The UAB Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program is a physician-supervised program for patients recovering from heart and lung diseases who require close monitoring of exercise and risk reduction therapy. 

Medical Director (Cardiac Rehab)
Vera Bittner, MD, MSPH

Learn more about the UAB Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program

Health Care Providers

Dr. Bittner and a team of health professionals that include:
  • Registered nurses
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Dietitians
  • Pharmacists
  • Psychologists
  • Health educators
  • Respiratory and physical therapists

Patient Population

Patients with a definitive diagnosis of cardiovascular or pulmonary disease, including:

  •    Angina
  •    Congestive Heart Failure
  •    Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)  

Patients who have had heart surgery:   

  •   Angioplasty
  •   Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery 
  •    Heart Transplant 
  •    Stent Placements  
  •    Other cardiac surgery

Outpatient Services

  • Cardiac Care
  • Basic Lab Tests
  • Education & Encouragement
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Stress Reduction
  • Supervised Exercise Sessions
  • Weight Management


Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic
UAB Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Services

Contact Info

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic
Spain Rehabilitation Center
1717 6th Avenue South, Room 480
Birmingham, Al 35249
Telephone: (205) 975-5400
Fax: (205) 975-540



For Referring Physicians

Easily refer a patient to UAB through our 24-hour consultation service by phone at (800) UAB-MIST (800) 822-6478 or via email
If you do not find what you need, feel free to contact one of our Physician Liaisons at (205) 934-6890, or email
UAB MIST is for physicians and health professionals only; it should not be used by patients.