Robert Taylor Society

Invitation to Membership

The Department of Family Medicine invites you to become a member of the Robert B. Taylor, MD Society.

As a tribute to the visionary leadership of Robert B. Taylor, MD, the Department of Family Medicine at OHSU has created the Taylor Society to honor donors to the Department who provide extraordinary support on a sustaining basis by contributing $500 or more annually to OHSU Family Medicine. Your membership in the Robert B. Taylor, M.D. Society will help assure the Department's future success and its continued national prominence. The Society recognizes exceptional donors and honors the second chair of OHSU Family Medicine.

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Robert B. Taylor attended Bucknell University and Temple University School of Medicine. He interned at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, then spent two years with the U.S.P.H.S.

After a successful 14-year private practice in New York, Dr. Taylor joined the faculty of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Six years later, in 1984, he became the second chair of OHSU's Department of Family Medicine.

During Dr. Taylor's tenure as chair, the department increased from 15 to 40 primary faculty, established three off-campus practice centers in Portland, and began a residency program in southern Oregon. A combined family medicine/preventive medicine residency program began in 1996. Dr. Taylor stepped down as chair in 1998 to focus on teaching and writing.

Dr. Taylor is a charter diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine and a charter fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians.  He   has  written and edited many books and articles, including The Manual of Family Practice and Family Medicine: Principles and Practice, 6th edition.

The Robert B. Taylor, MD Society

Many of the Department's achievements have been made possible by private contributions.  The Robert B. Taylor, MD Society recognizes donors who make a generous, ongoing commitment to our future success.  The Society honors the Department's second chairman, who was instrumental in expanding our mission.  Gifts from Taylor Society members play a critical role in ensuring that existing initiatives and significant new ones can succeed:

  • Clerkship and Observership programs that introduce medical students to family medicine. 
  • Expansion of our rural residency programs to encourage graduates to enter rural practice 
  • Exploration of key research questions through department fellowships 
  • Development of training programs to help family physicians sharpen their skills and acquire new ones

As the Department continues to reach for ambitious goals, significant annual gifts will be crucial.  Your membership in the Robert B. Taylor, MD Society will give you the satisfaction of helping to meet these pressing needs by contributing directly to the work of our faculty, to our residents, and to our  many excellent programs.