Physicians

Dr. Kathryn L. Honea | Dr. Virginia L. Houserman | Dr. Cecil A. Long | Dr. M. Chris Allemand

Kathryn L. Honea, M.D.Kathryn L. Honea, M.D., Founder of the ART Fertility Program of Alabama has served as Medical Director from 1986-2013. She was previously the founder and Director of the IVF Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After obtaining her Master’s degree in the Laboratory of Medical Genetics at UAB, she completed medical school, internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at UAB.

Dr. Honea was awarded the J. Marion Sims Award for Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology from UAB in 1979. She studied in vitro fertilization at Royal Women’s Hospital and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, in 1982. She returned to establish and direct the In Vitro Fertilization Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1983 through 1985, where she established the first successful IVF pregnancy in the state of Alabama. During 1985, Dr. Honea worked with General Electric to develop the first FDA-approved transvaginal ultrasound guided egg retrieval system, which has since become the standard of care in modern IVF programs for egg retrieval. She has taught many physicians the art of egg retrieval for IVF. In 1986, she founded the now “ART Fertility Program of Alabama”.

Dr. Honea is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Subspecialty Board of Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility. She has taught physician courses in laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery techniques and is skilled in reproductive surgery and microsurgery for infertility.

Dr. Honea is recognized nationally as a leader in fertility treatment. She has twice appeared as a guest speaker on “The Today Show.” Her daughter, Elana, was conceived after ovulation induction with gonadotropins at the ART Fertility Program of Alabama. Dr. Honea provides personal comprehensive care for her patients through her infertility practice at the ART Fertility Program of Alabama.

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Virginia L. Houserman, M.D.Virginia L. Houserman, M.D., current Medical Director and former Director of the Egg Donation Program, joined the ART Fertility Program in August of 1989. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Subspecialty Board of Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility. She received her medical degree from the University of Missouri in 1978, and completed her internship and residency at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles County Hospital in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1982. Her fellowship in infertility was completed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1984. She served on the faculty of St. Louis University Medical School from 1984-1989 as Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

In October 1990, following fertility care at the ART Fertility Program, Dr. Houserman and her husband Ray had their son, Douglas. His birth, the first from natural cycle IVF in the state of Alabama, gave many couples hope. As subsequent fertility treatments were unsuccessful, Dr. Houserman ultimately pursued anonymous egg donation. Twins, John and Michael, were born on September 29, 1995 as a result of egg donation. In 2000, Dr. Houserman and her husband adopted their daughter, Kristina, from Russia when she was 13 months of age.

Having personal experience as an egg recipient, Dr. Houserman is uniquely aware of the needs of couples who choose this alternative to have their baby. In 1990 she developed the very successful Egg Donation Program of the ART Fertility Program, with over 150 babies born through the program.

Dr. Houserman possesses expertise in performing in vitro fertilization, but also in supporting the emotions involved in the process. She has expertise in microsurgical techniques for tubal repair and has extensive training and experience with many forms of pelvic surgery, including laser laparoscopy and operative hysteroscopy.

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Cecil A. Long, M. D.Cecil A. Long, M. D., Director of Infertility Program, joined the ART Fertility Program of Alabama in August of 1995. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Subspecialty Board of Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility. Originally from Louisiana, Dr. Long received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1984.Dr. Long completed his residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1988. In 1990, he completed his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri where he received extensive training in video laser endoscopy, microsurgery and advanced reproductive techniques including IVF.

Dr. Long formerly served as Assistant Professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson from 1990 - 1995. There, he provided infertility diagnosis and treatment for patients including IVF. He also directed research in the area of embryo implantation and infertility associated with endometriosis, as well as training residents in the specialty.

In 1996, Dr. Long trained at the London Gynaecology and Fertility Centre to learn the techniques of TESA, testicular sperm aspiration, a procedure used for couples with certain male factor conditions. TESA, a non-surgical, office-based procedure, allows men with blockage or obstruction of the vas deferens to achieve a pregnancy through IVF.

Dr. Long has published multiple articles and textbook chapters on reproductive disorders and served as ad hoc editor for Fertility and Sterility.

Dr. Long is sensitive to couples’ emotional needs having first-hand experience with infertility. He and his wife, Debora, had their daughter Lucy as a result of in vitro fertilization and ICSI at the ART Fertility Program. He currently serves as the Director of Infertility Services at the ART Fertility Program of Alabama.

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Michael C. Allemand, M.D.Michael C. Allemand, M.D., Medical Director of ART Services and IVF and Egg Donation Programs, Dr. Allemand joined the ART Fertility Program of Alabama in July 2006. He is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Subspecialty Board of Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility. Originally from Texas, he received his medical degree from Texas A&M University in 1999 where he graduated with honors. Dr. Allemand was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society in his fourth year of medical school, and continued at Texas A&M for residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Scott & White Memorial Hospital, serving as chief resident during his fourth year of residency. Upon completion of his residency in 2003, Dr. Allemand and his family moved to Rochester, MN, to begin a three year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Allemand has received extensive training in all aspects of in fertility care, including in vitro fertilization, as well as reproductive surgical procedures. He has a particular interest in operative laparoscopy and hysteroscopy.

Dr. Allemand has presented research at major scientific meetings of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, winning third prize for his research in male factor infertility at the 2001 annual meeting. In addition, he has published research on diagnosis and fertility treatment of polycystic ovarian syndrome in the journal Fertility and Sterility, for which he has also served as an ad hoc reviewer.

Dr. Allemand is dedicated to providing high quality and compassionate care to couples experiencing infertility. He and his wife, Carrie, have three children.

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