Steve Taylor, MD


Durham, NC

Duke Hospital

Steve Taylor, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine and Global Health

Steve Taylor MD MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and of Global Health at Duke. He is also a member of the Duke Clinical Research Institute, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, a Staff Physician on the Medical Service at the Durham VA Medical Center, and the Associate vice Chair for Global Health Research in the Dept of Medicine at Duke.

Dr. Taylor earned BS (Biology) and MD degrees from Duke University, and during the latter he earned an MPH at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Following a residency in Internal Medicine-Primary Care at Yale University School of Medicine, he returned to Duke for his Infectious Diseases fellowship, during which he pursued postdoctoral training at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. He joined the faculty of the Dept of Medicine and of the Duke Global Health Institute in 2012.

Dr Taylor’s engagement in global health was shaped by formative experiences while a medical student in Haiti and as an O.C. Hubert Fellow in International Health with the CDC program in Bangkok, and as a resident in Zambia as a Yale/Johnson & Johnson Physician Scholar in International Health. As a post-doctoral fellow, he joined Steve Meshnick’s laboratory at UNC to investigate the molecular epidemiology of malaria parasites in Africa, and malaria continues to be his major research focus. Current projects focus on prevention of malaria in high risk groups, transmission of malaria parasites between hosts, molecular pathogenesis of P. falciparum, and strain-specific immunity to malaria parasites, and use myriad approaches, including clinical trials, molecular genetics, and observational epidemiology. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts, served on numerous DSMBs and NIH review panels, and been continuously funded by NIH for over 10 years.

For the Hubert-Yeargan Center, Dr. Taylor serves on the Advisory Council and as liaison to the Department of Medicine. The latter activity is augmented by his roles promoting global health research in the DoM and supporting junior faculty through the Faculty Development Academy. In addition, his most active research collaborations involve faculty and trainees at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya, which further sustain and strengthen HYC training capacity with a priority institutional partner.