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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

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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.

James Trussell, PhD

Charles and Marie Robertson Professor of Public and International Affairs, Emeritus and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Emeritus at Princeton University. Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author or co-author of 400 scientific publications, primarily in the areas of reproductive health and demographic methodology. His recent research has been focused in four areas: medical abortion via telemedicine, 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).


Anita Nelson, MD

Dr. Anita L. Nelson, Professor and Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology Western University Health Sciences; Professor Emeritus, Obstetrics and Gynecology at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Clinical Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology at Keck School of Medicine at USC; and Medical Director of the Research Division of Essential Access Health. Previously Medical Director of Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program at Harbor-UCLA. Authored over 200 articles for professional journals and participated in over $55 million of research in women’s care for NIH, Gates Foundation and pharmaceutical companies. She has enjoyed lecturing at Contraceptive Technology Conferences for over 25 years.

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 Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. He is the current Clinical Fellow at the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), where he is an advisor on clinical and reproductive health policy topics. He has served on expert advisory panels of the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs, contributing to the CDC Medical Eligibility Criteria (MEC) for Contraceptive Use (2016), the CDC Selected Practice Recommendations (SPR) for Contraceptive Use (2016), and Providing Quality Family Planning Services: Recommendations of CDC and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs (2014). He 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.
Abigail Aiken, MD, PhD, MPH

Abigail R.A. Aiken is an assistant professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on reproductive health and reproductive rights, combining perspectives across multiple disciplines including biomedical sciences, public policy, demography, and public health. Her current research focuses on pathways to obtaining medication abortion outside the formal healthcare setting in contexts where access is restricted. Other recent projects include evaluating programs and policies affecting access to contraception; and investigating the determinants and impacts of unintended pregnancies through a health equity and reproductive rights framework. Dr. Aiken serves on the board of Central Health, the hospital district that provides healthcare to underserved populations in Travis County, Texas, and on the board of Jane’s Due Process, which helps minors obtain judicial bypass to access abortion services in Texas. Her research has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the BMJ, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, among others, and has been reported by the Associated Press, Reuters, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.

Patty Cason, NP

Patty Cason is a family nurse practitioner with a specialty in gynecology. She has practiced for 36 years in a wide variety of clinical settings and is an Assistant Clinical Professor and guest lecturer at the UCLA School of Nursing.Patty is a contracted consultant for numerous governmental and training agencies. She developed the “PATH” questions: A Primer to Help Guide Reproductive Goals Counseling. Patty is part of a national work group examining research and best practices for patient-centered pregnancy intention screening. As an editor and author of Contraceptive Technology she just completed writing chapters on “Sexuality and Contraception” and “Patient-centered reproductive goals and contraceptive counseling” for the upcoming 21st edition of Contraceptive Technology. Her other publications include nationally utilized on-line learning courses, clinical protocols, job aids and manuals on provision of sexual and reproductive health services and integration of sexual and reproductive health services into primary care settings. Her work is published in several peer reviewed journals. Patty heads up the Sexual Agency Project creating qualitative research and high fidelity recordings to be used in educational podcasts for health care professionals.

Alison Edelman, MD

Dr. Alison Edelman is a Professor of obstetrics and gynecology with specialty training in family planning, public health, and research at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Edelman is also the Director of the Family Planning Fellowship and the Director of the Section of Family Planning at OHSU as well as the Deputy Editor of the Cochrane Fertility Regulation Review Group. Dr. Edelman serves on expert advisory committees for the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is an active clinical researcher and much of her work has focused on contraceptive efficacy in women of varying weights/BMIs. Additionally for over the last 15 years, Dr. Edelman has provided technical assistance to several global non-profits dedicated to reducing maternal mortality and mortality.

Jeanne Marrazzo, MD MPH

Dr. Marrazzo is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is internationally recognized for her research and education efforts in the field of sexually transmitted infections, especially as they affect women’s health. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Dr. Marrazzo has chaired the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Council, and the ABIM Infectious Disease Specialty Board. She is board certified in Infectious Disease. She conducts research on the human microbiome, specifically as it relates to female reproductive tract infections and hormonal contraception. Her other research interests include prevention of HIV infection using biomedical interventions, including PrEP and microbicides. Other research interests include pathogenesis and management of bacterial vaginosis, sexually transmitted diseases in HIV-infected persons, and management of antibiotic resistance in gonorrhea. Dr. Marrazzo obtained her undergraduate degree from Harvard and Radcliffe College and medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. She completed residency training and chief residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She obtained a master’s degree in public health degree in epidemiology at the University of Washington in 1994, where she also completed a fellowship in infectious diseases.

Carrie Cwiak, MD

Carrie Cwiak completed her medical degree at Saint Louis University in Missouri. As a fourth year medical student, she first worked with Dr. Robert Hatcher during a Family Planning elective at Emory University. She completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Connecticut and then a Fellowship in Family Planning and Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology at Emory University. She currently serves as Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Emory University Hospital Midtown, and Director of the Family Planning Division and Family Planning Fellowship. She is also Director of the Translation Core for RISE: the center for reproductive health Research In the SouthEast at Emory. Her research has focused on areas such as: intrauterine contraception, postpartum contraception, and contraception for women with complex medical conditions, among others. She is a clinical and research mentor for junior faculty, fellows, residents, advanced practice providers, and students of varied health disciplines.