Author Biographical Info

Dr. Taylor’s forty-one-year association with MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas, began in 1954. He became MDAH’s first chief of the Section of Pediatrics, and he organized and headed the UT Postgraduate School of Medicine in Houston, which became the UT Health Science Center’s Division of Continuing Education. Dr. Taylor’s ABCC experiences convinced him that teamwork and collaboration were necessary to obtain maximum benefit from medical research and education. He acknowledged parents’ heroic magnanimity and contributions as research partners when they granted permission to use experimental drugs that they were aware could not improve the condition of their child., "but if you can learn something that might help somebody else, go ahead and do it." In the late 1950s, his belief in cooperative research led Dr. Taylor to organize the first collaborative research group in the southwestern region of the U. S., the Southwest Cancer Chemotherapy Study Group, known today as the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG as of 2010). See more at


MS 044

Publication Date(s)

March 22, 2022




Oncology, ABCC Collections, Houston (TX), Japan, Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission, American Cancer Society, American Medical Association, American Osler Society, Atomic Energy Commission, Baylor College of Medicine, H. Grant Taylor, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, correspondence, minutes (administrative records), reports, drafts (documents), publications (documents), paintings (visual works), manuscripts (documents)


Papers consist primarily of personal and professional correspondence; board meeting and committee meeting minutes and reports; drafts, manuscripts, and published professional papers; documentation chronicling his role with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) in Japan, his role in the organization and development of a regional medical plan centered in Houston, of the University of Texas (UT) Postgraduate School of Medicine and its Division of Continuing Education, and of M. D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute (MDAH), currently known as UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and its renowned Department of Pediatrics. See more at MS 044.


Dr. Taylor began depositing his papers with the Houston Academy of Medicine - Texas Medical Center Library’s Historical Research Center (HRC) in the early 1980s and continued to contribute to and support the HRC, especially the collection of ABCC materials, until his death in 1995.



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