Meet our Infertility Team
The UAB Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) is home to the most comprehensive infertility program in Alabama. The division’s success includes recognition on several ‘best’ lists, including Best Doctors® in America, U.S.News & World Report Best Hospital ranking for Gynecology, and Birmingham Magazine and Alabama Baby’s Parent’s Choice Awards. Our doctors offer the most advanced reproductive technology, including robotic surgery, in a warm and caring private practice setting.
Get to know the doctors who bring so much hope and happiness to families across Birmingham and the state.
G. Wright Bates, MD
Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, UAB Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
“My great grandmother was a country midwife and my mother was named after the daughter of the doctor who delivered her. Almost 50 years ago, my mom was treated for infertility. My wife and I also sought fertility treatment before having our two children. There is no doubt about it, I was meant to be a women’s reproductive health specialist and am honored to be part of an outstanding team caring for the women of Alabama. UAB is a shining star of medical excellence in our state, the South, and even the nation as a whole. Our nurses and physicians develop special bonds with our patients and, unlike many large fertility practices, women have personal interaction with their physician on a regular basis.”
Richard E. Blackwell, MD, PhD
“I have practiced at UAB for 32 years and have seen over 20,000 patients. Many of these women have benefitted from surgery and advanced hormone therapy, and some have been followed for more than 3 decades. I have second and third generation patients, daughters and granddaughters, under my care. I would recommend UAB to anyone because of the comprehensive care and expertise we provide. I am passionate about working with residents and fellows and thankful for all of the members of our department. At home, I am a tree farmer. I grow bonsais and orchids. I also wood work and collect rare books.”
Janet F. McLaren, MD
“I have always known that UAB was a leader in Ob/Gyn and was thrilled to join the team here in 2010. I think our infertility services are unique in that we evaluate each patient and devise a plan that is tailored to their particular situation. We strive to provide care in a supportive and compassionate environment, and while we try to keep treatment as simple as possible, we are equipped to handle the most complicated of cases. Patients will comment that I don’t sound like I’m from Alabama/the South, and I am not. I was raised in the most southern state – Hawaii! I have really enjoyed getting to know Birmingham and all that the city has to offer. I saw a bumper sticker that describes my sentiments well: 'I’m not from the South but I got here as quickly as I could!'”