Michael Policar, MD, MPH, currently serves as a Clinical Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. He retired from practice in September, 2017, after a 34 year career as a clinician educator of ObGyn and primary care residents at the San Francisco General Hospital. From 2005 through 2014, he was Medical Director of UCSF Program Support and Evaluation for the Family PACT Program, the family planning and STI program operated by the California State Office of Family Planning. Between 1999-2005, he was Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of the NorthBay Healthcare System in Fairfield, California, and in the preceding five years, served as Medical Director of the Partnership HealthPlan of California, also based in Fairfield, California. 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.
Dr. Policar 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.
Dr. Policar is a widely known speaker with particular interest in health delivery systems and women’s health issues, including family planning, health screening, menopause, and female genital tract infections, and genital skin conditions. Since 2015, he has been a Clinical Fellow for the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), providing advice on clinical issues and reproductive health policy. He is a senior author of the textbook Contraceptive Technology (most recently, the Twentieth Revised Edition). He has served on expert advisory panels of the Centers for Disease Control that resulted in the publication of 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). Previously, he was a member of the Quality/Utilization Advisory Committee of the Partnership HealthPlan of California and the HealthNet California Commercial and Medicare QI/UM Committee. He is an appointed member of the California Breast and Cervical Cancer Advisory Council. He also has received numerous awards for ObGyn resident teaching, including a CREOG National Faculty Award in 2011. Dr. Policar is active in many professional societies, including the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, the North American Menopause Society, and American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.