Dr. Cleland received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. He completed his internship and residency at Greenville Health System in Greenville, S.C. Dr. Cleland is married with three children including twins. He grew up in Spartanburg and had the privilege of being a high school teacher for many years prior to becoming a physician. Dr. Cleland is board certified in Pediatrics.
- Medical University of South Carolina, MD
- Greenville Hospital System, Pediatrics
- American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatrics
What are Dr. Cleland's favorite hobbies? “Anything outdoors, playing the guitar, anything 'coffee.’ I am still hoping to get a Jeep one day.”
Dr. Cleland's care philosophy: “I believe that taking care of a child’s health sets him or her up for a successful, healthy lifestyle.”
What does Dr. Cleland say to his patients to inspire them to strive for a healthier life? “Health is not a destination, it’s a journey. It's OK to stop and enjoy the scenery, but you can’t stay. There's more to see!”
How many years has Dr. Cleland been practicing medicine? “I started my career in medicine when I went back to medical school in 2003. I have been fortunate to be at Spartanburg Regional since 2011.”
Why does Dr. Cleland love to practice medicine? “I love that every day is a new adventure. I love being able to make a difference. I love that I am setting families up to live successful, healthy lifestyles.”
Why did Dr. Cleland pursue a career in medicine? “Medicine, to me, is a calling. When I graduated Clemson in 1994, I taught high school right here in Spartanburg. I also work with teenagers all over the country with a national youth ministry organization. I organized camps and conferences for thousands of teenagers between here and California. Believe it or not, I also played in a band.
"It was Sept. 11, 2001, and my wife and I found ourselves on the second floor of Spartanburg Regional delivering our first child, Grace. We only had a short time with her on Earth, but it made such a lasting impression on my life.
"The nurses, doctors and staff right here at Spartanburg Regional made such an impact to me and my wife. I saw a ministry like never before as they cared for more than just our medical needs. It was at that time I felt God calling me back to medical school to change my ministry focus. Here I am today, still ministering to children and families, but with a different twist.”