Last updated on: 8/3/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

William N. Taylor, MD Biography

Title:
Former Physician Crew Chief of the United States Olympic Committee Drug Education Program
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“[T]here seems to be little doubt that chronic administration of hGH… could result in supranormal growth. I call this condition ‘selective gigantism,’ and there is some evidence that it exists among a few abnormally tall athletes in the Eastern Bloc… Although I have yet to see evidence of ‘selective gigantism’ in the United States, adult American athletes are using hGH obtained on the black market in increasing numbers… Apart from the possible long-term health hazards, this kind of abuse also gives some athletes an unfair advantage in competition. For both reasons, it should be curtailed.”

“Growth Hormone: Preventing Its Abuse in Sports,” Technology Review, Oct. 1985

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Member, American Chemical Society
  • Member, American Medical Joggers’ Association
  • Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
  • Former Associate Professor of Exceptional and Physical Education, University of Central Florida, 1995-2000
  • Former Board of Governors Member, American Academy of Sports Physicians, 1989-1990
  • Former Physician Crew Chief, United States Olympic Committee Drug Education Program, 1984-1988
  • Former Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine, United States Sports Academy, 1986
  • Emergency medicine physician, Sun Bay Hospital, 1983
  • Director of Emergency Medicine, Medical Center Hospital, 1982-1983
  • Technical service engineer and research engineer, Abtec Chemical Company, 1977
  • Former research scientist, B. F. Goodrich Chemical Company, 1976-1977
Education:
  • MD, University of Miami Medical School, 1981
  • MS, University of Tennessee, 1976
  • BS, University of West Florida, 1975
Other:
  • None Found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Use Be Accepted in Sports?