News Release

June 17, 2005

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

UConn Health Center Urologist, Dr. John Taylor, Receives Prestigious Award from the American Geriatrics Society

FARMINGTON, CONN. – John A. Taylor, III, M.D., a general urologist at the University of Connecticut Health Center with research interests in urologic cancers and bladder function, is among the recipients of this year’s prestigious Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Award, administered by the American Geriatrics Society and funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Atlantic Philanthropies.

This is a two year, $200,000 research award for specialists, designed to promote new insights into the geriatrics aspects of their respective disciplines. Dr. Taylor is one of 10 specialists nationally to receive the award in 2005. Other awardees are in areas such as emergency medicine, gynecology, anesthesiology and more.

Dr. Taylor’s interest is in the area of urinary retention and bladder function among older Americans. His project will be supported by Peter Albertsen, M.D., chairman of the Health Center’s division of urology and George Kuchel, M.D., director of the UConn Center on Aging.

“Dr. Taylor was selected for this program because of the promise demonstrated in his proposal, the sponsorship of his mentors, and the support of his institution,” said Paul Katz, M.D., chair of the Jahnigen Central Committee and a professor of medicine at the University of Rochester Medical School.

In addition, Dr. Taylor has been selected to participate in the “Geriatrics Education for Specialty Residents Program,” to help increase the geriatrics content in the urology residency program at the UConn School of Medicine. This award is funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation.

Dr. Taylor received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy for three years and joined the UConn Health Center in 2003 from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he was an investigator in the Department of Defense’s Center for Prostate Disease Research.

Dr. Taylor sees patients at the UConn Health Center in Farmington and the West Hartford office of UConn Health Partners. His areas of expertise include general urology and urologic cancer surgery as well as laparoscopic surgery. He also has experience in the evaluation and treatment of urinary incontinence and bladder problems affecting women.

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