Dr. Stephanie H. Taylor received her MD from Harvard Medical School in 1984. For the next several decades, she practiced clinical medicine in pediatric oncology and did laboratory research on cellular growth control mechanisms. During this time, she became increasingly concerned about the patients who were harmed by medical errors and new infections during their in-patient treatment. Determined to gain a better understanding of the impact of the built environment on patient well-being, she obtained her master’s degree in architecture and engineering from Norwich University.
She is now the CEO of Taylor Healthcare Consulting, a company that specializes in designing and maintaining hospitals and other commercial buildings for optimal occupant health. Dr. Taylor has designed hospitals globally, from the United States to Papua New Guinea to Vietnam. In addition to this work, she is a member of the Harvard Medical School Incite Health Fellowship. This program brings together multidisciplinary teams from across the U.S., trains them in design thinking and entrepreneurship, and gives them the tools and resources to invent the future of primary care. Her current research focus is to better understand the interaction of indoor air, the microbiome of the built environment and patient outcomes, especially healthcare-associated infections.