Don Taylor is an Air Force Medical Service Officer who retired from the Air Force in 2006. He is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Physician Leadership at the University of Texas at Dallas and oversees the Executive Education Program for Senior Physicians at UT Dallas.
In this episode, Col Taylor describes his journey in Air Force Medicine. He explains the role of the Medical Service Officer in supporting the various missions of Military Medicine. He shares his insights and lessons learned serving as a Hospital Commander in the United States as well as Commander of a large deployed Air Force Theatre Hospital and medical evacuation hub located in Iraq.
Col Taylor received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington, TX. He earned his Master of Healthcare Administration from the Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. Don had a distinguished career in the Air Force and served as a primary advisor and consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General immediately before and following the attacks on 9/11. He served as Commander of the Air Force Hospital at Luke AFB and was a pioneer in developing the concept of the primary care medical home. He also was the first non-physician to Command a deployed Air Force Theater (Trauma) Hospital (Balad AB, Iraq). His final military assignment was at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland AFB, TX where he served as the Vice Wing Commander.
Following his distinguished military career, Col (Ret) Taylor has held several roles providing executive coaching, teaching, speaking, and consulting services to healthcare organizations. He also led academic roles as an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas.
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