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Michael A. Taylor, M.D., FAAP, has joined the medical staff at Children’s of Alabama as director of the newly-created University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics. He comes to Children’s from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) where he had served in a similar role since 2013.
Taylor, who also holds an appointment as a professor of pediatrics at UAB, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed his internship and pediatric residency at Children’s of Alabama and is board-certified in pediatrics. After entering private practice, Taylor developed a professional interest in child abuse medical evaluations and became one of the first physicians nationwide and the first in Alabama to be board-certified in child abuse pediatrics (CAP) in 2009, the first year of eligibility for the new sub-specialty. Currently, only 324 physicians are board-certified in CAP in the United States
Taylor brings a rich background of work with victims of child abuse to the Children’s position. He served as medical director for the West Alabama Child Medical Evaluation Program in Tuscaloosa for 22 years, was a member of state and county child death review teams and served as Child Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Wake County, N.C.
Under Taylor’s direction, the new Child Abuse Pediatrics Division will expand the current services provided by the Children’s Hospital Intervention and Prevention Services (CHIPS) Center. The CHIPS Center provides forensic medical evaluations, psychosocial assessments, play therapy, counseling, social work services, prevention education, court support and expert court testimony for victims of child abuse. Taylor hopes to coordinate those services with all local, regional and state resources and organize educational efforts to increase awareness, understanding and reporting of child maltreatment.