Emil M. Mrak International Award 2012: Kathleen Taylor M.D. '80

Emil M. Mrak International Award 2012 recipient Kathleen Taylor M.D. '80

Kathleen Taylor is helping to save the lives of women in developing countries by training local medical providers to detect and treat cervical lesions before they become deadly cancers.

In 2003, the San Francisco Bay Area gynecologist volunteered on a two-week medical mission to the Mosquito Coast in Honduras. Three cases of invasive cervical cancer she saw there inspired her to develop her own mobile clinic.

Since its founding in 2005, the nonprofit Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer has provided services to more than 3,000 women and trained more than 200

professionals in underserved areas in Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda and India. Taylor spends three months each year on the overseas missions, guiding volunteer staffs of doctors, nurses, interpreters and counselors.