Who We Are

Meet the Authors – Contraceptive Technology, the basic reference book in family planning for physicians and allied health personnel, has sold over 1,500,000 copies in the United States and has been translated into several languages. The authors work closely with 26 other respected clinicians, scientists, and educators to produce the books. Buy now

Robert A. Hatcher, MD, MPH

Dr. Hatcher is Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Emory University School of Medicine and serves as lead author for Contraceptive Technology, now in its 20th edition. He has provided expert and compassionate clinical care for thousands of patients and has helped educate generations of women’s health and family planning clinicians. For 30 years he coordinated a summer fellowship program in family planning and human sexuality to educate college and medical students. On his website, www.managingcontraception.com, Dr. Hatcher answers clinicians’ questions on providing contraceptive care to women. His 32-page booklet, Choices, describes contraceptive options for young women and men, outlining carefully advantages and disadvantages. He was awarded a Rockefeller Public Service Award (1981) and received special recognition from the Physicians for Reproductive Health and Choice organization.

Willard Cates, Jr, MD, MPH

Ward Cates (1942-2016) was Distinguished Scientist and President Emeritus at FHI 360 in Research Triangle Park, NC. Before joining FHI 360, Dr. Cates was at CDC for two decades, where he directed the STD/HIV Prevention efforts for half that time and helped lead CDC’s reproductive health research activities for the other half. He also held an adjunct professorship at UNC Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. 

James Trussell, PhD

James Trussell is Senior Research Demographer at the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. He is the author or co-author of more than 300 scientific publications, primarily in the areas of reproductive health and demographic methodology. His recent research has been focused in three areas: emergency contraception, contraceptive failure, and the cost-effectiveness of contraception. He has actively promoted making emergency contraception more widely available as an important step in helping women reduce their risk of unintended pregnancy; in addition to his research on this topic, he maintains an emergency contraception website (not-2-late.com) and designed and launched a toll-free emergency contraception hotline (1-888-NOT-2-LATE). For more information see www.princeton.edu/~trussell.

Anita Nelson, MD

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Dr. Nelson oversees the Women’s Health Care Programs at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA and in the Coastal County Clinics of Los Angeles County. She is Medical Director of the Research Division of the California Family Health Council. She serves on the editorial boards of a number of professional journals and frequently lectures on a number of women’s health care topics. 

Deborah Kowal, MA, PA

Ms. Kowal, a medical writer and editor specializing in communications on women’s reproductive health,  maternal mortality, and infant survival, consults for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other health organizations. For more than 20 years, she has written the Public Health section in WorldBook Encyclopedia’s Science Year Annuals. Trained as a physician assistant, Ms. Kowal provided clinical care at the University of Michigan’s Health Services, where she developed an interest in the specialized fields of women’s health. She is the Executive Editor of Contraceptive Technology and its derivative works. 

Michael Policar, MD, MPH

Michael Policar, MD, MPH, is Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, and Medical Director of UCSF Program Support and Evaluation for the Family PACT Program. He serves on expert advisory panels of the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs, and is a member of the Quality/Utilization Advisory Committee of the Partnership Health Plan of California and the California Breast and Cervical Cancer Advisory Council. Currently he is pursuing his interest in the legal issues of reproductive rights and provision of reproductive health care. PowerPoint presentations of many of the reproductive healthcare lectures developed by Dr. Policar can be found at www.PolicarLectures.com.