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 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 is the Director of The Leo & Anne Albert Insitute for Bladder Cancer Care and Research. 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:

UConn Health
Outpatient Pavilion, 3rd Floor East
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030

Board Certifications:
  • Urology
Education and Training:
Undergraduate SchoolLafayette CollegeBiology
Medical SchoolColumbia University College of Physicians and SurgeonsMedicine
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
Clinical Interests:

Dr. Taylors practice is focused on bringing the most advanced and up to date care for patients with bladder cancer. He is part of several international groups working toward standardization of care.

Research Interests:

Dr. Taylor has an active lab and has been funded by the American Cancer Society, American Urological Association, American Geriatrics Society and the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science for his work in bladder cancer. His work focuses on the role of inflammation and immune response in the development of high grade bladder cancer. He currently holds 1 patent and a provisional patent for research related discoveries.

Selected Publications:

Peer Reviewed Publications

Increased expression of L-selectin (CD62L) in high-grade urothelial carcinoma: A potential marker for metastatic disease. Choudhary, Dharamainder; Hegde, Poornima; Voznesensky, Olga; Choudhary, Shilpa; Kopsiaftis, Stavros; Claffey, Kevin P; Pilbeam, Carol C; Taylor, John A. (2015). Urologic oncology,

Considerations on the use of urine markers in the management of patients with high-grade non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer. Kamat, Ashish M; Vlahou, Antonia; Taylor, John A; Hudson, M' Liss A; Pesch, Beate; Ingersoll, Molly A; Todenhöfer, Tilmann; van Rhijn, Bas; Kassouf, Wassim; Barton Grossman, H; Behrens, Thomas; Chandra, Ashish; Goebell, Peter J; Palou, Juan; Sanchez-Carbayo, Marta; Schmitz-Dräger, Bernd J. (2014). Urologic oncology, 7, (32), 1069-77.

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, 7, (32), 1061-8.

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.