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Willard Cates, Jr., MD, MPH

Recipient, SFP 2015 Allan Rosenfield Award for
Lifetime Contributions to International Family Planning

Willard Cates, Jr., MD, MPHWillard Cates, Jr., MD, MPH, is Distinguished Scientist and President Emeritus at FHI 360, and serves also as Adjunct Professor in both Epidemiology and Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina and Emory University’s School of Public Health. From 1994 until 2012, he served as President of Family Health International. For the two decades prior to that, Dr. Cates worked with the Centers for Disease Control—as Chief of the Abortion Surveillance Branch from 1975–1982; Director of the Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases from 1982–1991, where he led the integration of HIV prevention activities into STD control programs; and finally Director of the Division of Training, which he initiated to oversee CDC's scientific training functions, including the Epidemic Intelligence Service program and CDC's Preventive Medicine Residency.

Dr. Cates is a member of the Institute of Medicine and is past President of both the Society for Epidemiologic Research and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. He has served on the Executive Boards of the American Public Health Association, the American STD Association, and the American College of Preventive Medicine. He was also Director of a WHO Collaborating Centre both at CDC and at FHI and chaired the Executive Committee of the NIH HIV Prevention Trials Network for more than a decade. In addition, he served on the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Office of Global AIDS Coordination and serves currently on both the UNAIS Scientific Advisory Committee and the Advisory Council of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Professional honors include the Shultz Award from the American Public Health Association for his research contributing to the health of American women; the EEO Award from CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services, respectively, for his contributions to gender and diversity among his staff; the American STD Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Yale School of Public Health’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is an honorary fellow of the UK Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and was awarded an Outstanding Contribution to Science honor by the South African Department of Science and Technology.

Dr. Cates has authored or co-authored over 450 scientific publications, including 170 original contributions. He also co-authored nine editions of Contraceptive Technology; co-edited Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 2nd Edition; and served on the editorial boards of eight scientific journals.

Dr. Cates received a combined MD-MPH degree from Yale University School of Medicine and is Board Certified in General Preventive Medicine, specializing in epidemiology.

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