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Jolyn Taylor 06C

Assistant Professor | Division of Surgery Quality Officer | MD Anderson Cancer Center | Houston, TX

Jolyn Taylor is an assistant professor of gynecologic oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is passionate about caring for women with cancer and improving the quality of health care. After graduating from Emory, she completed medical school at New York University, a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, fellowship training at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and a master of public health degree program at University of Texas School of Public Health. While at New York University, she received the President’s Service Award for her role as co-director of the NYC Free Clinic, the largest student-run free clinic in the city. Texas Monthly named her a Texas Rising Stars Super Doctor in 2021 and 2022, and Press Ganey placed her in the top 10 percent of providers nationwide last year. In 2021 she became the quality officer for the Division of Surgery at MD Anderson, the first woman in this role.

“The mentors, friends, and opportunities I had at Emory were critical to starting me on the path to medicine and quality improvement in health care. Through the Scholarship and Service Summer Program, I spent summers volunteering in health care settings and finding my way. When I went abroad to Bolivia, I did my first quality improvement project to address hand hygiene issues in a pediatric hospital. These experiences shaped my later life decisions.”