Philip D. Darney, MD, MSc

Distinguished Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health
Former Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, San Francisco General Hospital


Dr. Darney is board-certified in preventive medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, and has served on the medical faculties at Harvard University, the Oregon Health Sciences University, and UCSF.  He is the author of 200 scientific papers, scholarly reviews, and book chapters on contraception and gynecology and three 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 Bixby Center has conducted investigations of contraceptives for The National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, foundations, and pharmaceutical companies. Also under his leadership, the Center has trained gynecologists from all over the world in family planning technology and evaluated 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, Ipas, 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


Honors and awards:

  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Historical Contribution to Obstetrics and Gynecology award, 2017
  • Physicians for Reproductive Health's William K. Rashbaum Award, 2017
  • UCSF Gold-Headed Cane Faculty Award for Exemplary Teaching and Patient Care, 2014
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America Margaret Sanger award in recognition of outstanding contributions to reproductive health and rights, 2012
  • Society of Family Planning Lifetime Achievement award, 2011
  • National Abortion Federation Christopher Tietze Humanitarian award in honor of lifetime contributors in the area of abortion service, 2011
  • UCSF Chancellor’s Award for the Advancement of Women, 2010
  • Physicians for Reproductive Health Leadership award, 2009
  • Excellence in UCSF Medical Student Teaching award, 2008
  • Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences Residents' Outstanding Teaching Award, 2005 and 2007
  • Elected to the Institute of Medicine, 2004
  • American Public Health Association's Carl S. Schultz Award for major contributions to reproductive health, 2004
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Award for an outstanding activity effectively furthering the objectives of the College, 2003
  • UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences Distinguished Service Award, 2002
  • UCSF Chancellor's Award for Public Service, 1999



  • University of California, Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts in experimental psychology
  • University of California, San Francisco, Doctor of Medicine
  • The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Masters of Science in demography
  • Centers for Disease Control, residency in preventive medicine
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, residency in obstetrics and gynecology