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.

Karen R. Hammond, MSN, CRNP

Karen Hammond has worked in Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1981 and in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility since 1985. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, she received her undergraduate and graduate 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/Infertility Nurse. Previously, Karen was the nurse coordinator for the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), as well as the IVF nurse coordinator and the manager of education and outreach. In addition, she established the oocyte donation program at UAB. She was at UAB from 1985 to 2004 until she opted to work with Dr. Steinkampf in establishing Alabama Fertility Specialists.

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 is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Infertility Association, the world’s largest infertility patient advocacy organization. In addition, Ms. Hammond has published in both nursing and medical journals, authored chapters in more than a dozen medical textbooks, and recently edited a book on the Assisted Reproductive Technology Team. She received the Sigma Theta Tau Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice in 1990 and the Kirklin Clinic Circle of Excellence Award in 2000.

Beth A. Malizia, MD

Dr. Malizia is a reproductive endocrinologist practicing at Alabama Fertility Specialists, a private fertility clinic in Birmingham, Alabama. A native of Montclair, New Jersey, she graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University, where she was the recipient of the Bonsal Foundation’s ‘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 / Harvard Medical School. Much of 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 was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the nation’s premier medical journal.

Prior to her medical career, Dr. Malizia was a member of the Cornell University Lacrosse team and then worked for two years at a large Wall-Street investment firm as an analyst. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and three daughters.

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