Robert B. Taylor, M.D. is the Pennington Lecturer for the Merle Pennington Lectures in Family Medicine to be held on September 6, 2013. We welcome Bob and Anita back to Portland.
Dr. Taylor is Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. With an interest in family medicine that reaches across international borders, Taylor is known in family medicine circles throughout the world as a book editor, professor, and expert on issues facing family physicians. He has given presentations about primary care to organizations and institutions spanning the globe.
A board-certified family physician, Dr. Taylor is a 1961 graduate of the Temple University School of Medicine. He trained in the United states Public Health Service Hospital at Norfolk, Virginia, and was in private family practice in New Paltz, New York for fourteen years. In 1978 he joined the faculty of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 1984, the Taylors moved to Oregon, where he served as Chairman of the OHSU Department of Family Medicine until 1998.
Dr. Robert B. Taylor is a luminary in the field of family medicine and the author or editor of more than 25 books, including Family Medicine: Principles and Practice; Fundamentals of Family Medicine; Medical Wisdom and Doctoring; and White Coat Tales: Medicine’s Heroes, Heritage, and Misadventures.
Taylor has served on the editorial boards of numerous publications including The Female Patient, The Journal of Family Practice and American Family Physician. He has also served as a peer reviewer for several journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association and Archives of Family Practice.
In 2003, Dr. Taylor was named the recipient of the John G. Walsh Award by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Established in 1973, the John G. Walsh Award recognizes dedicated, long-term, effective leadership toward advancing the development of family Medicine. The award is one of the highest honors presented by the AAFP.
In 1998, the AAFP honored Taylor with the Thomas W. Johnson Award for outstanding contributions to family practice education. In 1993, the OHSU graduating medical class presented Taylor with the J. David Bristow Award, which recognizes a senior faculty member who exemplifies the ideals of a true physician.
Taylor is a member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and served on their board of directors from 1984 to 1988. He is also a member of the Associations of American Medical Colleges, the International center for Family Medicine, the North American Primary Care Research Group and the American Medical Association (but not currently).
Bob and Anita Taylor both retired in 2011 and moved to a large senior community in Virginia Beach, Virginia, right on Chesapeake Bay. Dr. Taylor and Anita have two daughters and four grandchildren. One of their daughters and two grandchildren live right up the road from them now and they had lived in Norfolk, Virginia, from 1961-1964, just after medical school, so it was like coming home for them. Along with lectures, courses, swimming, exercise classes, trips to theaters and museums and travel, they both stay active in medical education. They now interview medical school applicants for Eastern Virginia Medical School and are still active in JADECOM (Japanese Association for the Development of Community Medicine). In November the Taylors again visited Japan where both participated in lectures at three medical conferences across the country. Dr. Taylor just finished a book titled, Diagnostic Principles and Applications, and Anita’s book, How to Choose a Medical Specialty, edition 5, just released.