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Hugh Taylor, MD

Anita O'Keeffe Young Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Yale School of Medicine; Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Many Yale faculty members have been honored for their research impact, but some, like Hugh Taylor, MD, have been recognized as mentors as well. Named as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist’s Mentor of the Year in 2013, Dr. Taylor sees the mentoring process as a “win-win” for both mentors and mentees. “I find that bringing in young, bright minds will inform my research,” he says, “and hopefully I can impart my experience to them. Together as a team, we are better than either of us alone.”

Dr. Taylor’s clinical research centers on implantation, endometriosis and menopause. His basic science research focuses on uterine development, the regulation of developmental gene expression by sex steroids, endocrine disruption, and stem cells. He is a recipient of eight National Institutes of Health research grants, and directs the Yale Center for Reproductive Biology.

Dr. Taylor, who has published more than 200 articles in his field, has also been awarded the International Fundacion IVI Award< for best clinical research record in reproduction medicine, chosen from a pool of prestigious candidates for the impact his body of research has made on the field of reproduction medicine.

While Dr. Taylor says he always knew in his heart that he was headed toward a career focused on research and investigation, it was his mentors when he was in training at Yale who helped guide him toward his particular field. Those mentors, he says, “made that area exciting and accessible, and showed me the potential value for that research, and how it could make a big difference.”

Making a difference is an important piece of the advice Dr. Taylor gives his own mentees. He advises junior scholars to “look for areas that are underserved, where they could use a fresh new approach. That's where you are really needed, and where you will have success.”