Cumc Names Anne Taylor As New Vice Dean Of Academic Affairs At Medical School

October 8, 2007

Dr. Anne Taylor, Associate Dean at Minnesota, Faculty Mentoring Expert, Joins CUMC

NEW YORK – Anne L. Taylor, M.D., a professor of medicine and associate dean for faculty affairs at the University of Minnesota Medical School, will join Columbia University Medical Center Nov. 23 as vice dean for academic affairs at the university’s nationally acclaimed medical school, the College of Physicians and Surgeons. In her new position, Dr. Taylor will lead faculty development for Columbia’s 4,004 faculty in clinical practice and 299 basic sciences faculty.

An established researcher whose extensive body of work has focused on cardiovascular diseases in minorities and women, in her administrative roles at Minnesota, Dr. Taylor has led the reorganization of faculty academic tracks, established faculty mentoring programs, and co-chaired university-wide task forces to address diversity. She co-authored a book on faculty mentoring to be published in 2008 and has co-directed a National Institutes of Health / National Medical Association mentoring program for minority house staff.

“Dr. Taylor’s experience, energy and dedication will help us ensure that Columbia is a great place to build an academic career, as well one of the premier academic centers in the world for education, research, and the care of patients,” said Lee Goldman, M.D., executive vice president for health and biomedical sciences and dean of the faculties of health and medicine at Columbia University.

At Columbia, Dr. Taylor will oversee faculty recruitment searches and the faculty appointments process, while enhancing faculty career development and programming.

“Joining Columbia in its drive to hire and retain top-flight physicians and researchers is an opportunity for me to draw on years of networking and professional collaboration across the country, in various capacities as a dean, doctor and researcher,” Dr. Taylor said of her appointment. “I look forward to joining Columbia and to working with faculty to capitalize on Columbia’s extraordinary expertise in all aspects of the health sciences.”

At Minnesota, Dr. Taylor also co-directed the Deborah E. Powell National Center for Excellence in Women’s Health. From 2001 to 2005, Dr. Taylor chaired the steering committee for the African-American Heart Failure Trial, the first major clinical trial to test the effectiveness of a heart failure medication in African-Americans. She has authored and co-authored more than 62 publications.

As an established researcher, Dr. Taylor’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association. Her research focus has been on cardiovascular disease in African Americans and women as well as the transfer of knowledge about cardiovascular disease prevention from academic medicine to communities.

She has served on committees at the American Heart Association, the NIH, the National Medical Association, and the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), an international organization of nearly 600 health care professionals dedicated to eliminating disparities of cardiovascular disease in people of color. From 2001 to 2004, she served as director of the ABC’s Center for Women’s Health, whose mission is to reduce cardiovascular mortality and morbidity among women of color.

Dr. Taylor began her academic career at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1984 as assistant professor and director of the echocardiography lab at Parkland Memorial Hospital. From 1990 to 2000, Dr. Taylor was associate professor of medicine at Case Western. Leadership roles during this time included chief of cardiology at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, director of echocardiography at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, and vice chair for women’s health programs in the Department of Medicine. She joined the University of Minnesota in 2000.

A native of New York City, Dr. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University and studied cello at the Manhattan School of Music. She then completed medical school, internal medicine residency, and a clinical cardiology fellowship at the University of Chicago, with cardiovascular research training at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Iowa.

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