Patrick Taylor, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Deputy General Counsel and Chief Counsel for Research Affairs at Children's Hospital Boston, earned his Bachelor of Arts in zoology and philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received highest honors. In 1986, Taylor received his Juris Doctor at Columbia University Law School, during which, as a result of his academic performance, he had been designated a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar each year.
After Columbia, Patrick Taylor worked at Cravath, Swaine, & Moore before taking a job with the city of New York. An appellate attorney for the city, he focused on several issues involving health care, including health-are-related regulations surrounding children and those living below the poverty level. After winning a record number of cases in New York's highest court, he received the Award for Outstanding Achievement of the New York City Bar Association and the Corporation Counsel's Award for Outstanding Promise in Public Service Law.
Patrick Taylor held the position of Assistant Counsel for Health and Human Services for New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo from 1991 to 1994, and was instrumental in negotiating the New York Prospective Hospital Reimbursement Methodology (NYPHRM)—a piece of legislation that aimed to channel money into ailing hospitals while extending health-care coverage to the uninsured. Next, Taylor worked as Senior Counsel to the Majority for the Speaker of the New York Assembly, as well as Chief of Staff of the organization's Education Committee. His primary responsibilities included increasing school funding and creating programs for pre-kindergarten and disabled children.
Taylor began to work at the Albany Medical Center in 1996, where he held the position of Senior Vice President and General Counsel and oversaw management functions. He left this position to commence work at Children's Hospital Boston in 2001.
In 2007, Patrick Taylor received a teaching fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and, in 2008, he earned another fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Most recently, Taylor was named a fellow by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics.