Dr Kerry Taylor was born in Terang, western Victoria, and grew up there before attending Xavier College in Melbourne. He trained in Medicine at the University of Melbourne and did post-graduate clinical work at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne and the Alfred, Melbourne. He then went overseas to work in the US in Baltimore (University of Maryland Cancer Centre) and Houston (MD Anderson Cancer Centre) where he pioneered supportive care approaches in autologous transplantation and the use of molecular techniques to unravel cell lineage in leukaemia.
Upon his return to Australia, Dr Taylor played a critical role in research into and management of malignant haematologic disease at a local, state and national level. He took up the post of Director of Haematology at the Mater Hospital. He established a molecular genetic laboratory on campus to facilitate diagnosis and monitoring of malignant blood diseases. Together with Dr Robyn Rodwell, he established Queensland's first cord blood bank. Together with Tim Hughes, he played a critical role in the use of Glivec in chronic myeloid leukaemia, participating in the IRIS Study, which forever changed the way that disease is managed.
At a national level, Dr Taylor has been President of the Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand and has had key administrative roles within the Australasian Leukaemia and Lymphoma Group, the Royal Australian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. He held the position of Chairman of the HOCA Research Centre and now is on the board of directors of the Icon Cancer Foundation.
He has extensive ongoing research experience and is currently involved in trials examining new therapies in myeloma, lymphoma, leukaemia and myelodysplastic syndrome. He continues to have a large private practice within Icon Cancer Care, and has been part of the transition of that entity from a small two centre provider as HOCA in Brisbane, to ICON a large national and international cancer care organisation.
Dr Taylor married Elizabeth, a St Vincent's nurse. They have three children, Emma, a Haematologist, Andrew, a Gastroenterology Registrar and Joseph, doing Law all based in Brisbane. Dr Taylor is a long-term Essendon supporter (a forlorn experience these days). He would describe himself as "obsessed with music" and nearly has the same passion for film and travel.