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Philip Darney, MD, M.Sc

Recipient, SFP 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award

Philip Darney, MD, M.ScPhilip Darney, MD, M.Sc, is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the founding director of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at UCSF.

Dr. Darney received his undergraduate degree in experimental psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, his MD at UCSF, and his M.Sc at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is board-certified in preventive medicine and obstetrics and gynecology and received his training in these specialties at the Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. He has served on the medical faculties at Harvard University, the Oregon Health Sciences University, and UCSF, where he was Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at San Francisco General Hospital.

Dr. Darney is the author of nearly 300 scientific papers, scholarly reviews, abstracts, and book chapters on contraception and gynecology and four books on family planning. He has conducted clinical and acceptability trials of implant, injectable and oral contraceptives, contragestins and intrauterine devices. Under his direction, the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health has conducted research for The National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, foundations, and pharmaceutical companies; studied abortion, contraception and reproductive infections; and evaluated interventions to reduce maternal mortality in developing countries worldwide. The Bixby Center provides postdoctoral training in family planning and reproductive infectious diseases to physicians and social scientists and serves as the national headquarters of the Ryan Residency Training Program and the Fellowship in Family Planning.

Dr. Darney has served as scientific advisor and consultant to many governments as well as to all the major nongovernmental family planning organizations. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Engender Health, and the Guttmacher Institute as well as the editorial boards of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Contraception. The American Public Health Association has honored him with its “Young Professional Award for Outstanding Achievements in Maternal and Child Health” and “The Carl Schulz Award for Outstanding Achievements in Population and Family Planning,” and he was elected to The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2004.

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