Taylor Kantor, MD

Taylor Kantor, MD

Integrated Thoracic Surgery Residency


Taylor was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio where he completed his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University with a B.S. degree in Biology and minor in Economics.  He completed his medical education and received his Medical Degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  Taylor is currently in his third year of the integrated cardiothoracic surgery residency program at the University of Michigan.  He plans to practice adult cardiac surgery in the future. 

Taylor’s primary interests outside of cardiac surgery reside in medical innovation and the development of medical technologies.  He will be in his academic development time starting in July of 2021 and will be working with several startup companies as well as industry leaders to promote a pipeline of innovation projects as the inaugural Innovation Fellow.  He will also preside as the Michigan Promise Innovation Director with the purpose of assisting other residents and medical students in pursuing their own innovation efforts.  With additional interests in education and training, he will be leading a study on Mixed Reality simulation in an effort to set a new standard for simulation training and competency based assessment and is the resident director of the Michigan Extended Reality collaborative.

Dr. Mark Cohen


Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Resident

Areas of Interest


Dr. Taylor Kantor is serving as the Resident Promise Initiative Innovation Director and the Center for Surgical Innovation (CSI) Fellow for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years.  Taylor has developed several industry partnerships in collaboration with the University of Michigan including Microsoft in creating a global Center for Medical and Surgical Innovation Center, GigXR in development of a Mixed Reality (MR) Bedside Procedural Simulation and Training course, ApoQlar in the development of MR 3D automated aortic measurements for endovascular therapies, and with Iristick utilizing Informed Reality (IR) technology to enhance surgical training and remote surgical consultation strategies.  He is also the first resident ever to be awarded a GME Innovations Grant for his work on surgical tele-mentoring using novel telemedicine devices.  In addition, Taylor assisted in developing the first ever International Mixed Reality Surgical Grand Rounds which has now had three iterations with 13 countries participating and has helped develop the new Center for Surgical Innovation Lab space located in the Medical Sciences building which features Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality technologies and serves as a lab for medical students, residents, and faculty members to foster innovation ideas and concepts for future technologies.  The CSI lab also serves as the location for the resident-led OpenMIC night, featuring talks from innovation and entrepreneurial experts and providing an open community for innovation novices to identify resources, funding, and mentorship opportunities to support their innovation ideas.


Undergraduate: Ohio State University

Medical school: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine