Rick Burney Military

The UAB Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) is excited to welcome Rick Burney, M.D., M.Sc., as director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI).

Burney joins us from Madigan Army Medical Center where he was chair of the Department of Clinical Investigation. He also directed the Madigan Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship Program and formerly served as director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Madigan.

“This is an incredible opportunity, returning to my home state of Alabama and joining an outstanding OB/GYN Department at UAB that is ranked in the top five nationally,” says Burney. “This REI division has an impressive history of contribution to healthy family building, training the next generation of reproductive health specialists, and high impact research. I see many more contributions ahead, and I look forward to working with this high performing team to make them happen.”

Burney specializes in advanced fertility treatment, endometriosis, tubal infertility, and reproductive endocrine disorders. His research focus is precision reproductive medicine–developing personalized approaches to pathophysiologic conditions affecting reproductive health. He led the discovery of several patented molecular biomarkers and co-authored a manuscript reviewing the pathophysiology of endometriosis that was selected as a landmark article by Fertility and Sterility with nearly 1,000 citations.

“I am beyond thrilled and excited that Dr. Burney is joining the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and leading the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology,” says Warner Huh, M.D., FACOG, FACS, professor and chair of the Department of OB/GYN. “I know he is equally excited to come back to his home state. His clinical expertise, research interests, commitment to education, and, most importantly, his unparalleled commitment to service, will only further strengthen and elevate his division and the department. He is an incredible role model for all, and I look forward to his leadership and future contributions.”

Burney completed his undergraduate degree at the United States Military Academy at West Point and a postgraduate degree in Immunogenetics at Oxford University in the United Kingdom as a Marshall Scholar. He completed his OB/GYN residency training at Madigan Army Medical Center and his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Stanford University.