Herman A. Taylor, M.D., MPH, FACC, FAHA, Leads Morehouse School of Medicine's Cardiovascular Research Institute



Dr. Taylor serves as the director and endowed professor of Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI). 

In this role, Dr. Taylor is responsible for providing leadership to advance CVRI into a more viable,robust research-intensive entity, which will maximize its contributions to the educational, research and clinical initiatives of MSM. Under his leadership, CVRI will continue to examine ways to eliminate cardiovascular health disparities in Georgia while serving as a model to the nation.

Dr. Taylor is a nationally-recognized cardiologist leader with broad experience and success in key areas including invasive practice/research. Over the last decade he has focused predominantly on preventive cardiology and leadership of the landmark Jackson Heart Study (JHS) and ancillary observational research projects. Dr. Taylor was appointed in 1999 as the Principal Investigator and Director of the Jackson Heart Study, the largest epidemiological study of African Americans and cardiovascular disease of its kind ever undertaken.Since assuming that role he has held three simultaneous positions with the institutions funded by the NIH to administer the Study: Professor of Medicine and an attending cardiologist (and the inaugural holder of the Aaron Shirley Endowed Chair for the Study of Health Disparities) at University of Mississippi Medical Center; Visiting Professor of Biology in the Division of Natural Sciences at Tougaloo College; and, Clinical Professor of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Jackson State University.