The UAB Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) provides comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment for patients experiencing challenges conceiving or maintaining pregnancy. Additionally, the REI Division offers advanced treatment of conditions affecting fertility, such as endometriosis, fibroids, PCOS and ovarian aging. With a wide array of on-site services and innovative systems, our team is resourced to provide evidence-based, compassionate care for optimizing fertility treatment outcomes. Our group of physicians includes American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology certified specialists who contribute to innovative research, and have expertise in specialized surgical and non-surgical treatment approaches.

UAB Obstetrics and Gynecology offers the only fellowship program in the state and one of only two in the Southeast through which we train subspecialists in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. The goal of the fellowship program is to provide advanced training in endoscopic and microsurgical surgery, in vitro fertilization and other infertility treatments, and in the management of complex problems in reproductive endocrinology. In addition, fellows learn skills in basic science and clinical research so that they may contribute new knowledge to the field in the future.

Reproductive Surgery

Our surgeons employ the very latest surgical techniques to address congenital or acquired gynecologic conditions. Advanced endometriosis surgery, uterine-sparing fibroid removal and microsurgical reversal of tubal ligation are among the procedures performed by our team of surgeons at UAB. Using minimally invasive approaches and microsurgical techniques, reproductive surgery is performed with the goal of preserving and restoring fertility and reproductive health.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

The IVF/ART laboratory at UAB is a modern facility offering leading-edge technologies toward maximizing healthy pregnancy rates. Genetic techniques such as preimplantation genetic testing for monogenic disorders (PGT-M) or aneuploidy (PGT-A), advanced approaches to male infertility such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and modern cryopreservation systems are available at UAB.

Fertility Preservation

Whether delaying reproduction, anticipating gender-affirming treatment, or undergoing gonadotoxic cancer treatment, fertility preservation is an important consideration. As a university-affiliated center, the UAB REI Division is well positioned to work quickly with patients diagnosed with cancer and their oncologists to facilitate the optimal fertility preservation approach. Our center offers many options for fertility preservation including ovarian suppression or cryopreservation (freezing) of oocytes (eggs), embryos, sperm, or testicular tissue. Additionally, the UAB REI Division has initiated an ovarian tissue cryopreservation program in order to meet the unique needs of adolescent and young adults diagnosed with cancer.

Uterine Transplant Program

Established in 2020, the program at UAB is the first uterus transplant program in the Southeast and the fourth such program in the United States – offering new hope to those struggling with uterine factor infertility (UFI) due to congenital absence of the uterus, prior hysterectomy procedure, or severe endometrial dysfunction. In partnership with the UAB Division of Transplantation and the UAB Comprehensive Transplant Institute, the REI Division provides comprehensive fertility assistance to uterine transplant patients. UAB is the first program in the United States to offer uterus transplantation outside of a clinical research trial and is one of very few centers in the world accepting new patients.

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Division Director

Rick Burney headshotRick Burney, M.D., M.Sc.

Associate Professor and Division Director
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility