Philip Darney, MD, MSc

Distinguished Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Director, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health
Director, Fellowship in Family Planning at UCSF
Former Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, San Francisco General Hospital



Dr. Darney is a Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  He received his undergraduate degree in experimental psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, his M.D. 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.

Dr. Darney is the author of 200 scientific papers, scholarly reviews, and book chapters on contraception and gynecology and 3 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 investigations of contraceptives for The National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, foundations, and pharmaceutical companies.  The Center provides family planning services to teenagers and indigent women in San Francisco, trains gynecologists from all over the world in family planning technology and is the evaluator of California's family planning program.

Over the past 25 years, Dr. Darney has served as scientific advisor and field evaluator to the American Public Health Association, Engender Health, International Projects Assistance Service, Family Health International, the U.S. Agency for International Development, Pathfinder International and the Centers for Disease Control.  He has served as a visiting professor and consultant around the world including Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Egypt, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sudan, Thailand, Turkey, Tunisia, Ukraine, Viet Nam, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as several European countries.  He is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association, the New England Journal of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology and a dozen other periodicals.  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.

Areas of Interest:

Clinical Interests:

  • Abortion
  • Contraception
  • Preventive Medicine
  • International Reproductive Health

Research Interests:

  • Contraceptive Development
  • Family Planning Program Evaluation
  • Abortion technology, services and training
  • International Collaboration

For a complete list of publications, please click here: Publications on PubMed.

Updated July 2013


  • Chabot M, Navarro S, Swann D, Darney P, Thiel de Bocanegra H. Association of Access to Publicly Funded Family Planning Services with Teen Birth Rates in California Counties. American Journal of Public Health. 2014:104(Suppl 1):e1-e6.
  • Harper CC, Speidel JJ, Drey EA, Trussell J, Blum M, Darney PD. Copper intrauterine device for emergency contraception: clinical practice among contraceptive providers. Obstet Gynecol. 2012:119(2 Pt 1):220-6.
  • Harper CC, Henderson JT, Raine TR, Goodman S, Darney PD, Thompson KM, Dehlendorf C, Speidel JJ. Evidence-based IUD practice: family physicians and obstetrician-gynecologists. Fam Med. 2012:44(9):637-45.
  • Henderson JT, Puri M, Blum M, Rana A, Malla, K, Harper CC, Gurung G, Pradhan N, Sharma S, Satyal I, Bajracharya L, Regmi K, Acharya S, Grossman D, Lamichhane P, Darney PD. Effects of abortion legalization in Nepal, 2001-2010. PLoS ONE . 2013:8(5):e64775.
  • Lamichhane P, Harken T, Puri M, Darney PD, Blum M, Harper CC, Henderson JT. Sex-selective abortion in Nepal: A qualitative study of health workers’ perspectives. Women’s Health Issues . 2011:21(3):S37-41.
  • Harper CC, Henderson JT, Darney PD. Abortion in the United States. Annual Review of Public Health . 2005:26:501-12.
  • Puri M, Lamichhane P, Harken T, Blum M, Harper CC, Darney PD, Henderson JT. . ‘Sometimes they used to whisper in our ears’: Health care workers’ perceptions of the effects of abortion legalization in Nepal. BMC Public Health . 2012:12(1):29.
  • Harper CC, Blanchard K, Grossman D, Henderson JT, Darney PD. Reducing maternal mortality due to elective abortion: Potential impact of misoprostol in low-resource settings. International Journal of Gynaecology & Obstetrics . 2007:98(1):66-69.
  • Thiel de Bocanegra H, Chang R, Menz M, Howell M, Darney P. Postpartum Contraception in Publicly-Funded Programs and Interpregnancy Intervals. Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2013:122(2 Pt 1):296-303.
  • Lewis C, Darney P, Thiel de Bocanegra H. Intrauterine Contraception: Impact of Provider Training on Participant Knowledge and Provision. Contraception. 2013:88(2):226-31.
  • Park HY, Rodriguez MI, Hulett D, Darney P, Thiel de Bocanegra H. Long-acting reversible contraception method use among Title X providers and non-Title X providers in California. Contraception. 2012:86(5):557-61.
  • Chow JM, Thiel de Bocanegra H, Hulett D, Park HY, Darney P. Comparison of adherence to chlamydia screening guidelines among Title X providers and non-Title X providers in the California Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment Program. J of Women's Health (Larchmt). 2012:21(8):837-42.
  • Watts LA, Thiel de Bocanegra H, Darney PD, Hulett D, Howell M, Mikanda J, Zerne R, Policar MS. In a California program, quality and utilization reports on reproductive health services spurred providers to change. Health Affairs (Millwood). 2012:4(31):852-62.
  • Foster DG, Hulett D, Bradsberry M, Darney P, Policar M. Number of oral contraceptive pill packages dispensed and subsequent unintended pregnancies. Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2011:3(117):566-72.
  • Chabot M, Thiel de Bocanegra H, Lewis C, Darney P. Correlates of Receiving Reproductive Health Care Services Among U.S. Men Ages 15-44. American Journal of Men's Health. 2011:5(4):358-66.
  • Freedman L, Landy U, Darney P, Steinauer J. Obstacles to the integration of abortion into obstetrics and gynecology practice. Perspectives on Sexual and Reprodroductive Health. 2010:42(3):146-51.
  • Drey EA, Reeves MF, Ogawa DD, Sokoloff A, Darney PD, Steinauer JE. Inertion of intrauterine contraceptives immediately following first- and second-trimester abortions. Contraception. 2009:5(79):397-402.
  • Foster DG, Rostovseva D, Brindis C, Biggs A, Hulett D, Darney P. Cost Savings From the Provision of Specific Methods of Contraception in a Publicly Funded Program. American Journal of Public Health. 2009:3(99):446-51.
  • Darney P, Patel A, Rosen K, Shapiro LS, Kaunitz AM. Safety and efficacy of a single-rod etonogestrel implant (Implanon): results from 11 international clinical trials. Fertility and Sterility. 2009:5(91):1646-53.
  • Foster DG, Jackson RA, Cosby K, Weitz TA, Darney PD, Drey EA. Predictors of delay in each step leading to an abortion. Contraception. 2008:4(77):289-93.
  • Harper CC, Blum M, Thiel de Bocanegra H, Darney P, Speidel J, Policar M, Drey E. Challenges in Translating Evidence to Practice: The Provision of Intrauterine Contraception. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2008:6(111):1359-69.
  • Steinauer JE, Landy U, Filippone H, Laube D, Darney P, Jackson R. Predictors of abortion provision among practicing obstetrician-gynecologists: a national survey. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2008:1(198):39.e1-6.
  • Steinauer JE, Diedrich JT, Wilson MW, Darney PD, Vargas JE, Drey EA. Uterine artery embolization in postabortion hemorrhage. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2008:4(111):881-9.
  • Harper CC, Blanchard K, Grossman D, Henderson JT, Darney PD. Reducing maternal mortality due to elective abortion: Potential impact of misoprostol in low-resource settings. International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. 2007:1(98):66-9.
  • Foster DG, Parvataneni R, Thiel de Bocanegra H, Lewis C, Bradsberry ME, Darney P. Number of Oral Contraceptive Pill Packages Dispensed, Method Continuation, and Costs. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2006:5(108):1107-14.
  • Meckstroth KR, Whitaker AK, Bertisch S, Goldberg AB, Darney PD. Misoprostol administered by epithelial routes: Drug absorption and uterine response. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2006:3 Pt 1(108):582-90.
  • Drey EA, Kang MS, McFarland W, Darney PD. Improving the accuracy of fetal foot length to confirm gestational duration. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2005:4(105):773-8.
  • Harper CC, Cheong M, Rocca CH, Darney PD, Raine TR. The effect of increased access to emergency contraception among young adolescents. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2005:3(106):483-91.
  • Raine TR, Harper CC, Rocca CH, Fischer R, Padian N, Klausner JD, Darney PD. Direct Access to Emergency Contraception Through Pharmacies and Effect on Unintended Pregnancy and STIs: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2005:(293):54-62.
  • Jackson RA, Teplin VL, Drey EA, Thomas LJ, Darney PD. Digoxin to facilitate late second-trimester abortion: a randomized, masked, placebo-controlled trial. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2001:3(97):471-6.
  • Sawaya GF, Harper C, Balistreri L, Boggess J, Darney P. Cervical neoplasia risk in women provided hormonal contraception without a Pap smear. Contraception. 2001:2(63):57-60.
  • Walker D, Darney P. Progestin Implants. In: Sciarra JJ, ed. Gynecology and Obstetrics. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 1999.