Philip D. Darney, MD, MSc

Darney HeadshotRecipient of the 2017 William K. Rashbaum, MD Award

Dr. Philip D. Darney is Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and Health Policy, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and Founding Director of the University’s Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health.  He graduated in experimental psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, received his medical degree from UCSF and completed an internship in general surgery.  As a U.S. Public Health Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control he served in the Epidemic Intelligence Service, received a Master’s Degree in demography from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, completed a residency in preventive medicine and became Assistant Director of the Division of Reproductive Health. After leaving the CDC he was Resident and then Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Darney is the Founding President of the Society of Family Planning, founder of the US national Fellowship in Family Planning and has been a reproductive health consultant to USAID, and many governments and NGOs on every continent. Dr. Darney is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and has been honored by the American Public Health Association, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, The Society of Family Planning, and The Planned Parenthood Association of America for his contributions to family planning research and training.

His research in contraceptive development and evaluation has been supported by NICHD, CDC, OPA, Population Council, private foundations, and pharma and has led to more than 300 scholarly articles.  He has written and edited 5 books on family planning, contributed to many textbooks, and served on the editorial boards of leading journals.