The AFS Healthcare Team

People are the heart of any medical service. At Alabama Fertility Specialists, our services are conveniently offered in the confidential atmosphere of a private practice. We strive to make your visits as convenient and comfortable as possible. Our team of experienced healthcare professionals is committed to treat each patient as an individual with the understanding and compassion that these complex problems require.


Michael P. Steinkampf, MD Director

A native of Louisiana, Dr. Steinkampf received his MD degree at the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. His specialty training in Ob/Gyn and Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility was received at Parkland Hospital and the University of Texas/Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. He has been board certified in Ob/Gyn and Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility since 1989. Previously, Dr. Steinkampf was Professor and Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), as well as the director of the IVF Program, the Egg Donor IVF Program, the Reproductive Endocrinology Fellowship Program, and the Reproductive Endocrinology Sonography Laboratory at UAB. Upon his arrival to UAB, Dr. Steinkampf completely restructured the IVF program to become one of the most successful programs in the country. He was at UAB from 1987 to 2004 until he opted to establish Alabama Fertility Specialists.

Dr. Steinkampf is the recipient of 29 research grants and has published extensively in the medical literature. He is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the American Infertility Association, the world’s largest infertility patient advocacy organization. Dr. Steinkampf has been listed in The Best Doctors in America since 1994, and he has also been recognized as one of Good Housekeeping Magazine’s Best Doctors for Women. He received the 2003 National Family Building Award from the American Infertility Association.


Beth A. Malizia, MD

Dr. Beth Malizia is a native of Montclair, New Jersey, and graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University where she was the recipient of the Top Female Scholar-Athlete Scholarship. Dr. Malizia received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina where she was the recipient of an NIH Research Training Grant and an International Medical Fellowship award. She subsequently completed a residency in Ob/Gyn at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2005, during which time she won the Argus Medical Student Association Best Resident Teacher Award and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Resident Achievement Award.

In 2008, Dr. Malizia completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where she was an instructor at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical training was at Boston IVF, one of the largest in vitro fertilization programs in the United States. The author of over 20 publications, Dr. Malizia's research on in vitro fertilization outcomes has been published in multiple journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, the nation's premier medical journal.

Dr. Malizia has been elected to the national listing of Best Doctors and has received the B Metro award for Top Women in Medicine. Dr. Malizia has served on several local and national committees including the SART Advertising Committee and is on the board of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. Prior to her medical career, Dr. Malizia was a member of the Cornell University Lacrosse team and then worked at a large Wall Street investment bank.

Dr. Malizia specializes in infertility and reproductive surgery. She welcomes patients with a range of issues including infertility, irregular periods, fibroids and pregnancy loss. She lives in Birmingham with her husband, four children and their black lab. Dr. Malizia enjoys photography and time at the lake with her family.


Dr. Janet McLaren Bouknight

Dr. Janet McLaren Bouknight earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Brigham and Women's and Massachusetts General Hospital combined training program. She completed her fellowship and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Raised in Hawaii, Dr. Bouknight moved to Alabama in 2010 to join the faculty at UAB where she directed the IVF and Fertility Preservation programs.

Dr. Bouknight has received multiple patients' choice awards and teaching awards during her medical career.  Dr. Bouknight specializes in IVF, infertility treatment and reproductive surgery.  She and her husband, Nathan, have two children. In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking and golf.


Dr. Mamie McLean

Dr. Mamie McLean was raised in Athens Georgia, attended the University of Virginia for her undergraduate education and the Medical College of Georgia for medical school. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at UAB and stayed on as faculty for the past three years where she directed the oocyte donor program. She has won multiple teaching awards over the course of her career, as well as a top Women in Medicine Award from B Metro in 2017.

Dr. McLean specializes in the evaluation and treatment of infertility, In Vitro Fertilization, third party reproduction and recurrent pregnancy loss. She enjoys making lasting relationships with patients and families and helping couples navigate the often complex decisions that surround infertility treatment.

Dr. McLean and her husband, Bryan, have three children and a very large St. Bernard. Dr. McLean enjoys baking, exercise and the great outdoors.


Karen R. Hammond, MSN, CRNP

Dr. Karen Hammond is the Ob/Gyn Nurse Practitioner at Alabama Fertility Specialists. She has worked in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility since 1985. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, she received her Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Alabama School of Nursing in Birmingham, Alabama. She is NCC certified as both an Ob/Gyn Nurse Practitioner and a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Nurse. She established the oocyte donation program at UAB that resulted in the state’s first egg donor IVF birth. She practiced at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1985 to 2003 until she opted to collaborate with Dr. Michael Steinkampf to found Alabama Fertility Specialists in 2004. She established the embryo donation program at AFS in 2009.

A recognized leader in reproductive endocrinology and infertility nursing, she has been an invited speaker and research presenter for numerous local, state, national and international nursing and medical meetings. She has received numerous awards for clinical practice, research and professional service. She has been the Course Director for the annual Donor Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina since its inception in 1998. She is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), the world’s largest patient advocacy organization dedicated to reproductive health and wellness. Karen has been published extensively in peer-reviewed nursing and medical journals, authored chapters in more than a dozen medical textbooks and edited a book on the Assisted Reproductive Technology Team.

Karen is married with three adult stepsons and two adorable rescue cats. She enjoys cooking, traveling and family.

2700 Highway 280 Suite 370 East · Birmingham, Alabama 35223
phone: 205-874-0000 · fax: 205-874-7021

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