Meet Dr. Sholes

Meet Dr. Taylor Sholes, the newest Athens OBGYN and founder of The Sholes Center.

Q: Why did you get into medicine?

A: I enjoy helping people, and I also enjoy the science of medicine. As a physician, I am able to combine those two things. I’ve been able to travel to a lot of different areas of the world to help people because I am a doctor. I’ve been involved in International Medical Mission work all over the world, including India, Thailand, Africa, Mexico, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda.

Q: Why did you choose to be an OBGYN?

A: My dad and grandfather are both OBGYNs, so I guess the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Obstetrics and gynecology are fascinating, and being an OBGYN provides the opportunity to practice surgery and medicine, which was the perfect combination for me.

Q: Where did you study?

A: I started off as a Biology and Biomedical Engineering at The Georgia Institute of Technology (don’t tell anyone around here). I eventually went on to Medical School and did my residency training at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA.

Q: Were you a good student?

A: Well, I put forth a lot of effort and in the end it paid off. I was Magna Cum Laude in medical school. During my residency, I was quite honored to receive the “Blood Sweat and Tears” philanthropy award.

Q: What is the “Blood Sweat and Tears” philanthropy award?

A: It’s an award from the Medical College of Georgia for being involved in community service.

Q: Was there a particular skill or area of interest that you were able to work on during your residency?

A: I was very fortunate to be able to spend my 4 year residency learning robotics and minimally invasive surgery procedures. There procedures utilize newer technology that enables surgeons to do much more without having to make major incisions on the patient. That translates to shorter recovery times, less time in the hospital and the ability to offer in-office procedures to my patients.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A: I enjoy being able to deliver babies and be a part of such a happy and exciting time in people’s lives. I also enjoy working with my patients to help them feel better in their daily lives.

Q: Do you have a philosophy for patient care?

A: Absolutely! I always try to provide unparalleled personalized Obstetrical and Gynecological care and to offer patients easy accessibility to their doctor. I’m a solo practitioner, so I see my patients at every single visit.

Q: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of the office?

A: I enjoy fly fishing and running, as well as spending time with my wife, Emily, and our dog, Rocky.

Q: What brought you to practice obstetrics and gynecology in Athens, GA?

A: My wife is from Athens, and we wanted to move back to the area to be closer to family. My family lives in Gainesville, so they’re close by too. We also enjoy this area and all that Athens has to offer – cheering on the Dawgs, great restaurants downtown and lots of events going on.