Author of the Dr. Cooper 'Mackie' McKay series.
About Stephen
Stephen Russell, author of the Cooper McKay seriesPhoto courtesy of Steve Wood, UAB News

Dr. Stephen W. Russell is an award-winning Physician and author.

He is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB), caring for patients of all ages in the clinic as well as the hospital. In a survey of his peers published annually in Birmingham Magazine, he has been repeatedly recognized as one of the city’s “Top Doctors”.

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Control Group

Explore the Power of Pharmaceutical Companies in this Frightening Medical Thriller

Control Group is a suspense novel about the immense power of Pharmaceutical Companies

Mackie’s past and future collide

In the spring of 1993, young Dr. Cooper “Mackie” McKay stands on the cusp of a bright surgical career. He has the power of digital data and the potential for revolutionary cures at his fingertips until a paralyzing family tragedy shatters his dreams. The only way to restart his promising career—and revive his marriage — is to step away. A temporary position at BioloGen Pharmaceutical offers refuge. His charge is to convince other doctors that the billion dollar blockbuster drug Anginex, in the final stages of testing, is both safe and effective. He quickly learns otherwise.

He is soon forced to choose between the drug company with a promising cancer cure and an FBI informant with his own versions of the truth. Now Mackie must do whatever it takes to get out of harm’s way before the story breaks — billion-dollar drugs don’t go down without a fight.

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Upcoming Events

April 9, 2017: Book Talk and Signing at Emmet O’Neal Library, Mountain Brook

April 11, 2017: Book Talk and Signing at Odenville Library, Odenville

April 18, 2017: Book Talk and Signing at New Horizons, Birmingham

May 4, 2017: Moody Library Book Club, Moody

May 13, 2017: Book Talk and Signing at Leeds Library, Leeds


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April 7, 2017

Audiobook is NOW AVAILABLE at, iTunes and Amazon


March 21, 2017
Control Group is AVAILABLE today!


March 20, 2017
UAB News article: Russell set to release third novel in “Mackie” McKay series March 21


March 3, 2017
Stephen discussing character development with Steak & Eggs Media:


February 28, 2017

Stephen discussing his expertise and the influences on his writing with Steak & Eggs Media:


February 13, 2017

Village Living interviews me about Control Group and the writing process. Read more…

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