Dr. James Cavender, MD


Cardiology | Male

Dr. James Cavender, MD

Dr. James Cavender, MD is a cardiology doctor who practices in Birmingham, AL. He is 60 years old and has been practicing for 33 years. Dr. Cavender is affiliated with Brookwood Medical Center, Shelby Baptist Medical Center and Grandview Medical Center.

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Dr. Cavender's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Office environment
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  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (29)
in Fultondale, AL |
Dr. Cavender is very thorough and is able to perform interventions when necessary. I have found his staff very kind and helpful also.
in Chelsea, AL |
I have only seen Dr. Cavender, but I liked him very much. When he walked in the room, I could sense that this was a good man. He gave me a thorough examination, was warm, attentive, and professional. I will keep seeing him. I trust him.
in Hueytown, AL |
I would and have recommended Dr. Cavender to family and friends. He is an excellent doctor that my family has tremendous confidence in using.
in Birmingham, AL |
Dr. Cavender is the perfect doctor--skilled, attentive, and prompt. He always makes me feel like I am his priority.
in Alabaster,al |
Nothing but great things to say and his staff take excellent care of me and several of my family members
in Gadsden, AL |
There is none great caring physician l am great full to been sent to him dy my family doctor
in Trussville, AL |
Dr, Cavender has helped me through so much.All I can say is that he is A Great Doctor a Great Man and a Good Friend.
Birmingham, AL |
He is very reassuring even giving not so great news. Very kind and caring. Extremely knowledgeable and able to provide information that is easily understood.
in Montgomery, AL |
It was a positive experience! Staff support was remarkable and Dr. Cavender's medical knowledge was judged excellent. He engaged in useful conversation as well as indulging my questions and concerns. My knowledge of cardiology was so very limited and my understanding of my condition so limited. He discussed my condition and the management of it with both useful informative and a calming, kind spirit. I would recommend to anyone.
in Birmingham, AL |
Dr. Cavender is very straight forward and provides me with the actions I need to take to improve my cardio health and reduce my the risks of cardio illness. I like that approach. He is easy to talk to as well.
in Tuscumbia, AL |
Very thorough,listens, goes over your issues where you can understand. Takes all the time you need to help you. Great staff !!!!!!
in Birmingham, ALz |
in Birmingham, AL |
This was the most organized and efficient experience I've ever had at a doctor's office! And Doc Cavender addressed all my health and medication concerns. I would recommend CVA to anyone looking for quality health care.
in Florence Al |
Very knowledgeable and engaging. Listened to me.
in Cedar Bluff, AL |
Dr. Cavender is the best cardiologist I have every had. I have been under cardiac care for nineteen years. Three years ago I had my eighth heart attack due to extreme atherosclerosis. I am a veteran unable to work and on social security disability. The VA would not treat my heart condition. They told me they would not treat atherosclerosis. I left the VA and found Dr. Cavender. He installed nine stents two years ago. I am doing good and can't say enough good things about Dr. Cavender.
in Santa Rosa Beach, FL |
Dr Cavender is a caring and greatly skilled professional. He takes time to listen and suggest the right treatment. I've been a patient of his for 10 years and would highly recommend him to anyone.
in Sylacauga, AL |
Dr. Cavender listened to me and was very helpful. He spent plenty of time explaining everything to me and answered my questions in detail.
in Birmingham Al |
Dr Cavender is an extremely bright cardiologist. Not all cardiologist can interpret carotid Doppler studies and must rely on radiologist to do that for them Also he keeps current with all new evidence based practices I trust Dr Cavender and coming from a nurse that says a lot
Sterrett,AL |
Dr. Cavender is an excellent cardiologist. He is never in a hurry if I have concerns and provides me with the answers I need. I have always considered him to be very thorough and competent.
in Birmingham, AL |
Extremely competent compassionate and caring
in Birmingham, AL |
Dr. Cavender an excellent cardiologist. He is knowledgeable and patient with any questions I might have. I have nothing negative to say. I would highly recommend him.
in Birmgham, Alabama |
He's saved my life twice. Genuinely cares for his patients. Even the nurses told me, he is always studying labs and scans, dedicated to the best possible outcome. Office appointments are a different story, they are constantly rescheduling.
in Pelham, AL |
Dr. Cavender was very thorough in explaining things as well as listening to all of my concerns. I would absolutely recommend him to family and friends!
in Birmingham, AL |
I found Dr. Cavender to be a good listener and took his time with me. He is very knowledgeable and thorough. I would highly recommend Dr. Cavender.
in Birmingham, AL |
Very nice and knowledgeable on things I wanted to know.
in Birmingham, AL |
He saved my life more than once. Great at diagnostics, knowledge, but one of the kindest doctors of all time.. love Dr Cavender.
in Calera, AL |
Awesome. Great Doctor. Spends as much time as needed asking questions and making sure you understand your condition. Would not have anyone else.
in Birmingham, AL |
Not being realistic with risks vs. recovery. Refusing to listen to family concerns. Argumentative when questioned about treatment options.
in west blocton |
Hes always gave me answers to my questions an also hes a caring dr
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Dr. Cavender's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Cardiology
  •  Board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine and Interventional Cardiology
  •  Malpractice claims in Alabama not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • Best Doctors in America, 2008,2009,
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Board Certifications

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  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interventional Cardiology

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Chest Pain
  • Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart and Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypotension
  • Limb Swelling
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Septal Defect
  • Syncope
  • Thrombosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Vascular Disease


  • Medical School
    University Of Alabama At Birmingham

    Graduated in 1984

  • Internship Hospital
    University Of Alabama Hospital

    Completed in 1985

  • Residency Hospital
    University Of Alabama Hospital

    Completed in 1987

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University Of Alabama Hospital

    Completed in 1990

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of North Alabama

    Graduated in 1979

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Cardiology
  • Interventional Cardiology

Procedures Performed

  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Angioplasty With Stent Placement
  • Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation
  • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Cardiac Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
  • Cardiovascular Stress Test
  • Cardioversion, Elective
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Carotid Artery Stent Placement
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Coronary Angiogram
  • Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy and Stent
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Peripheral Vascular Adrenal Artery Stenting
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thrombolysis
  • Tilt Testing or Cardiac Event Monitors
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Vascular Duplex Ultrasonography and Plethysmography
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure