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  Name:   Susan C. Taylor M.D.
Month: July 2003
Schools: UPenn
Harvard M.D.
Organization: St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center
Title: Director, Skin of Color Center

In January 1999, Dr. Taylor was appointed the Director of the Skin of Color Center at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center, the first of its type in the nation. In this capacity, her responsibilities include patient care, grant writing, conducting clinical trials, teaching and speaking engagements. Dr. Taylor has been awarded more than 2 million dollars in research grants. She has practiced for 13 years at Society Hill Dermatology.

Dr. Taylor has assumed leadership roles within the American Academy of Dermatology where she is Chair of the Women's Health Task Force, a member of the Health Care Deliver Committee and a member of the Minority Student Mentor Program. Dr. Taylor is Chair of the Board of the Skin of Color Society. Her name was recently entered into nomination for the Board of the American Academy of Dermatology.

A devoted alumna of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Taylor is a recipient of the University's Alumni Award of Merit. At the University of Pennsylvania, she is a member of the Board of Trustees, a member of the Board of Overseers of the Graduate School of Education and Chair of the James Brister Society. An active member of the Trustees Council of Penn Women she has Co-chaired the Nominations Committee, the Programming Committee, and the Career Dinner. She was a distinguished panelist for the 125th Celebration of Women at Penn. In addition to the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Taylor serves on the board of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Dr. Taylor's contribution to society is reflected in her active participation in several social and service organizations. She feels that service organizations, by combining the resources, expertise and commitment of many individuals, have a greater impact on society than a single individual. As Vice President of the Penn Towne Chapter of the Links, Inc., she spearheaded a drive to support the building of a house for Habitat for Humanity in North Central Philadelphia. In addition, Dr. Taylor wrote the grant proposal that provided funding in the amount of $25,000 for Project See. Project See was a glaucoma screening and detection program for the African American community in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Dr. Taylor's Link Chapter has provided: annual scholarships for deserving college students, a new schoolhouse and school supplies for children living in the South African homelands, coats for women living in a Philadelphia shelter, clothing for flood victims in the Caribbean and mentoring of Philadelphia public school students.

As an active member of the Montgomery County Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc., Dr. Taylor spearheads the annual donation of school supplies and winter coats to homeless children living in area shelters. In addition, Dr. Taylor's chapter has provided scholarship assistance for African American college students in the Philadelphia area.

Mindful of her civic responsibility, Dr. Taylor has been a member of the Philadelphia Academy of Music's 144th Anniversary Ball and Program Book Committee and the 145th Anniversary Ball and Invitations Committee, which supports the restoration of the historically significant and breathtakingly beautiful Academy of Music.

Until the recent expiration of her term, Dr. Taylor was a ten-year board member of the Joseph J. Peters Institute of Philadelphia (an institute provides psychiatric and other support services for the victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse). She has been asked to join the Board of United Way.

Dr. Taylor and her husband of nineteen years, Mr. Kemel W. Dawkins, are members of The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They have two daughters, Morgan Elizabeth and Madison Lauren. Dr. Taylor is a Board member of the Baldwin School where her daughters attend school.

 

 

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