Michael Policar, MD, MPH

Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Medical Director, UCSF Family PACT Program Support and Evaluation; Office of Family Planning, California Department of Public Health, Sacramento

Email: michael.policar@cdph.ca.gov


Michael Policar, MD, MPH, currently serves as Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine and as Medical Director of the Family PACT Program, the family planning and STI program of the California State Office of Family Planning.

Prior to February 2005, he was Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of the NorthBay Healthcare System in Fairfield, California. From 1994 through 1999, he was Medical Director of the Partnership HealthPlan of California, in Fairfield, California, which included over 50,000 Medicaid recipients of Solano and Napa counties. He is former Vice President for Medical Affairs of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. a position that he held between 1992-1994. Between 1983 and 1992, he concurrently served as Medical Director of the Women's Health Center at the San Francisco General Hospital and as Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Alameda/San Francisco.

He received his MD degree at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UCLA School of Medicine. Subsequently he received a Master of Public Health degree in Health Services Management from UCLA School of Public Health.


Areas of Interest:

  • Women's health screening
  • Menopause
  • Family planning
  • Female genital tract infections


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



  • 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.
  • 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.