Physician Profile

John A. Taylor, M.D., M.S.

Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Urology
Chairman, Cancer Committee
Director, Urology Research

Dr. Taylor received his B.A. in biology from Lafayette College in 1990 and his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1994. He completed his surgical training at the Squire Urological Clinic of Columbia University’s Presbyterian Medical Center in 2000. A commissioned officer in the United States Navy (LCDR) since 1990, he served on active duty as a staff urologist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Science from 2000-03. While at Walter Reed he was an active investigator in the Department of Defense’s Center for Prostate Disease Research. Dr. Taylor has been board certified in urology since 2002 and recertified in 2011. He recently completed a Masters of Science Degree in Clinical and Translational Medicine at the University of Connecticut. He is a member of the American Urological Association (AUA), the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO), the Society for Basic Urologic Research (SBUR) and serves on the national think tank for the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN). He has authored many publications as well as contributed to book chapters. He has been the recipient of the Dennis W. Jahnigen Scholars award administered by the American Geriatrics Society and the AUA’s post residency research award, and is currently supported by the American Cancer Society for his work in aging and bladder cancer. Dr. Taylor has extensive training in urologic cancer surgery and urinary tract reconstruction. Dr. Taylor's practice focuses on the care and treatment of bladder cancer, and complex urinary tract reconstruction.

Office Locations:

Division of Urology
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030

Division of Urology
UConn Health Partners
65 Kane Street
West Hartford, CT 06119

Board Certifications:
  • Urology
Education and Training:
Undergraduate SchoolLafayette CollegeBiology
Medical SchoolColumbia University College of Physicians and SurgeonsUrology
Graduate SchoolUniversity of ConnecticutClinical and Translational Research
InternshipColumbia Presbyterian Medical CenterGeneral Surgery
ResidencyColumbia Presbyterian Medical CenterGeneral Surgery
ResidencyColumbia Presbyterian Medical CenterUrology
Hospital Affiliation:
  • John Dempsey Hospital
Honors and Awards:
Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Best Doctors in America
Co-Chairman, Scientific Program Committee, New England SectionAmerican Urological Association
Invited Member, 35th Anniversary Steering CommitteeAmerican Urological Association Foundation
Top Doctors in ConnecticutConnecticut Magazine
Highly Rated Abstract (Top 2%)American Association for Cancer Research
NEAUA Representative to AUA Young Urologist CommitteeNEAUA
Invited Member, BCAN National Think Tank on Bladder CancerBCAN
Top Doctors in ConnecticutConnecticut Magazine
Moderator, Basic Science Session, NEAUA Annual MeetingNEAUA
Invited participant, National Urological Research Agenda Planning GroupAUA
Best Doctors for the Greater Hartford AreaHartford Magazine
RecipientAmerican Cancer Society Mentored Research Scholars Grant
American Urological Association Leadership ProgramSelected Member
Chairman, Judicial & Ethics CommitteeNew England Section, American Urological Association
Vice-ChairmanUniversity of Connecticut Health Center IRB Panel
V-Foundation Basic GrantV-Foundation
Myron P. Walzak, M.D. Urology Teaching AwardUniversity of Connecticut Urology Residency Program
New Investigator Award RecipientAmerican Geriatrics Society
American Geriatrics Society Dennis W. Jahnigen Scholars AwardAmerican Geriatrics Society
Geriatrics Education for Specialty Residents, Program Award RecipientAmerican Geriatrics Society
New England Section Post Residency Research Grant RecipientAmerican Urological Association
Chairman, Neag Comprehensive Cancer CenterUniversity of Connecticut Health Center
Co-Chairman, Scientific Program CommitteeNew England Section, American Urological Association
Keynote PublicationJouranl of Urology, J UROL. 2004
Nominated, Meritorious Service MedalUnited States Army
Honorable Discharge, Lieutenant Commander (S)USNR
National Defense Service Medal (2)United States Navy
Command Merit AwardUnited States Navy
Award Winner, Chief Resident DebateAmerican Urological Association, New York Section
Nominated, Resident Teacher AwardColumbia University Physicians & Surgeons
Selected, United States NavyActive Duty Delay for Specialty Training
National Defense Service MedalUnited States Navy
Health Profession Scholarship ProgramUnited States Navy
Teaching AssistantLafayette College
Research Interests:

Dr. Taylor is a member of the American Urological Association and the American College of Surgeons. He has authored many publications as well as contributed to book chapters. Dr. Taylor has extensive training in urologic cancer surgery and urinary tract reconstruction as well as voiding dysfunction/urodynamics. Dr. Taylor practices general urology with a focus on the treatment of urologic cancers and benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Selected Publications:

Peer Reviewed Publications

Progress made in the use of animal models for the study of high-risk, nonmuscle invasive bladder cancer. Lin-Tsai, Opal; Taylor, John A; Clark, Peter E; Adam, Rosalyn M; Wu, Xue-Ru; DeGraff, David J. (2014). Current opinion in urology, 5, (24), 512-6.

Considerations on the use of urine markers in the management of patients with low-/intermediate-risk non-muscle invasive bladder cancer. Schmitz-Dräger, Bernd J; Todenhöfer, Tilman; van Rhijn, Bas; Pesch, Beate; Hudson, Mliss A; Chandra, Ashish; Ingersoll, Molly A; Kassouf, Wassim; Palou, Joan; Taylor, John; Vlahou, Antonia; Behrens, Thomas; Critelli, Rossana; Grossman, H Barton; Sanchez-Carbayo, Marta; Kamat, Ashish. (2014). Urologic oncology, 13, 1078-1439.

Macrophage migratory inhibitory factor promotes bladder cancer progression via increasing proliferation and angiogenesis. Choudhary, Shilpa; Hegde, Poornima; Pruitt, James R; Sielecki, Thais M; Choudhary, Dharamainder; Scarpato, Kristen; Degraff, David J; Pilbeam, Carol C; Taylor, John A. (2013). Carcinogenesis, 12, (34), 2891-9.

Current preclinical models for the advancement of translational bladder cancer research. DeGraff, David J; Robinson, Victoria L; Shah, Jay B; Brandt, William D; Sonpavde, Guru; Kang, Yibin; Liebert, Monica; Wu, Xue-Ru; Taylor, John A. (2013). Molecular cancer therapeutics, 2, (12), 121-30.

Prognostic implications of lymph node involvement in bladder cancer: are we understaging using current methods?. Watts, Kara L; Ristau, Benjamin T; Yamase, Harold T; Taylor, John A. (2011). BJU international, 4, (108), 484-92.