New chair Hugh Taylor, MD, is ready to make changes

Growing department is ready to start a new chapter

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Hugh Taylor, MD

Hugh S. Taylor, MD, was recently named chair of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences and is ready to lead the department into the future.

“We’re starting with a tremendous foundation,” said Dr. Taylor, who is also the new chief of obstetrics and gynecology for Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH). “We’re already one of the top programs in the country. I will be building upon that strong foundation by increasing our visibility and the types of services we have to offer, so that we can make an even greater impact in our patients’ lives.”

Dr. Taylor has enjoyed close ties to Yale since his days as an undergraduate at Yale College. He completed his medical degree at University of Connecticut, and, in 1992, his residency at YNHH, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale, and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.

He most recently served as professor and vice chair of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences; and chief of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. His wife, Kim, is a nurse in ambulatory surgery at YNHH.

“Yale is an outstanding place. I have tremendous dedication to this institution,” said Dr. Taylor, who took over as chair from Peter E. Schwartz, MD, who served as interim chair after the departure of Charles Lockwood, MD, who left a little more than a year ago to become a dean and vice president at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Dr. Taylor expects to see comprehensive growth throughout the practices, including maternal-fetal medicine, gynecologic oncology and urogynecology

Not just a women’s health service

Dr. Taylor outlined his vision for the practice, which includes positioning it not only as a women’s health service, but also as a practice that takes responsibility for the generations to come. “Much of who we are as adults is formed in the womb,” Dr. Taylor said. “What happens during development has a huge impact both in health and our susceptibility to disease. It is our responsibility as obstetricians to protect the health of the next generation.”

He expects the focus on multidisciplinary care to become increasingly important in clinical practice. He specifically cited genetics, which is growing in importance in prenatal diagnoses.

The Hospital of Saint Raphael (HSR) was known for its women’s services, so the YNHH’s acquisition of HSR this year has created “tremendous opportunities for expansion,” he said. While the York Street campus will continue to be the region’s high-risk, high-complexity center, Yale may consider providing obstetrics and gynecology services to low-risk patients on the HSR campus, he added.

Outstanding record of accomplishment

Meanwhile, Dr. Taylor expects to continue his work as clinician, researcher and teacher, where he has an outstanding record of accomplishment. He is highly regarded by practicing physicians in the community. As chief of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, he successfully grew the clinical capability and geographic reach of that service. His research has been continuously funded by the NIH for more than 20 years, and he is the editor-in-chief of the journal Reproductive Sciences and editor of Endocrinology.

He has been recognized as Mentor of the Year by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “We are training the next generation of leaders,” he said, pointing out that his department has trained more deans, department chairs and division directors than any obstetrics/gynecology department in the country.

But Dr. Taylor believes it’s the support of a strong and loyal faculty and staff that will allow him to continue the department’s success. “I’ve had a lot of support within the department where I have worked for the past 25 years, Dr. Taylor said. “When the people who know you best want you to lead them, it’s truly humbling.”