Dr. Alex Taylor and his wife recently moved to Evanston from Southern California, where Dr. Taylor completed his residency in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. He is originally from Hawaii, where he attended the University of Hawaii medical school.
Dr. Taylor decided to focus on pediatrics in medical school because he is passionate about helping healthy children become healthy adults. He likes that the focus in medicine in recent years has been more on preventative care, and in pediatrics, he says, “We do that more than in any other part of medicine.”
In medical school, Dr. Taylor worked in a clinic that provided services to children in a homeless shelter. There he saw more than ever how resilient children can be, continuing to play in any situation. After working with some of the same families over a few years, he says the most rewarding part of his job is to help get a chronic illness – like asthma or obesity – under control for a child. “I like to see children get to play a sport they always wanted to miss less school once a situation is under control,” he says.
Dr. Taylor says what he is most excited about at KFPP is the warm environment and the many programs our practice offers patients. “The providers are really focused on having what the patients need – such as the asthma care, psychologist and nutrition services all in house – in a way that is fairly unusual.”
When he is not busy working, Dr. Taylor enjoys baking and even making ice cream. He likes to bike and hopes to pick up some more hobbies now that he is no longer in residency!
While the Chicago winter will no doubt be a shock, we have no doubt that the warmth of the staff and families at Kid First will make Dr. Taylor feel right at home here.