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Hatcher recipient of leadership award
Robert Hatcher, MD, MPH, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Atlanta's Emory University and chairman of the editorial board for Contraceptive Technology Update, is the 2007 recipient of the Kenneth J. Ryan, MD, Physician Leadership Award.
The award was presented by Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health (PRCH) during the May Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in San Diego. The award, named for one of PRCH's founding members, is given each year to a physician who exemplifies leadership in the field of reproductive health.
In making the award, PRCH honored Hatcher for his commitment to education. Hatcher has trained thousands of medical students, doctors, and other health care professionals to provide contraception to women throughout his tenure at Emory. His teaching extends beyond the university through his numerous textbooks, including Contraceptive Technology. In addition to reference books for medical professionals, Hatcher has written several books on relationships and sexuality for the general public. The web site www.managingcontraception.com, which was created by Hatcher, answers questions about birth control from consumers and medical professionals.
"Dr. Hatcher has a wealth of knowledge to pass on to other people, and he literally gives it away for free," says Carrie Cwiak, MD, MPH, a fellow Emory University obstetrician/gynecologist. "He wants to use his experience to help others. He'll say, 'I've done this before — let me pass this along to you.'"