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Herman A. Taylor Jr.

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Herman A. Taylor Jr.

Director and Principal Investigator, Jackson Heart Study
Jackson State University
heart disease in African-Americans
health disparities
cardiopulminary rehabilitation services
heart disease in the developing world


Dr. Herman A. Taylor Jr. is director and principal investigator of the Jackson Heart Study, the largest-ever, population-based study of heart disease and related disorders among African-Americans. In his capacity as director of the Mississippi-based study since 1998, he holds appointments at Jackson State University, Tougaloo College, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He also holds the medical center's Aaron Shirley Chair for the Study of Health Disparities. A graduate of Princeton University, he earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, trained in internal medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and did a cardiology fellowship at University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was appointed to the UAB faculty and served as attending cardiologist at the University Hospital, the Birmingham Veterans Medical Center and the Cooper Green Hospital, and was founding medical director of the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Service at the UAB School of Medicine. He has been a lead investigator for several studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, and is the recipient of the prestigious Preventive Cardiology Academic Award of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Taylor has been named one of \"The Best Doctors in America\" by his peers and by American Health magazine. He founded Heart to Heart, a nonprofit organization that provides cardiac surgical services for children from the developing world and also improves the skills of providers from the children's home countries.

350 W. Woodrow Wilson Dr., Suite 701
Jackson  Michigan  39213
United States
Office Phone: 
(601) 979-8744
Office Fax: 
(601) 979-8701


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