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Vyvy N. Young


College sports fan, hiker, yogi and tennis player

Dr. VyVy Young is an otolaryngologist who cares for patients with disorders affecting voice, breathing, coughing or swallowing. Her many interests include the aging voice, vocal cord growths (both cancerous and noncancerous), vocal cord surgery, vocal cord paralysis, spasmodic dysphonia (spasming of voice-related muscles), airway stenosis (narrowing), vocal cord dysfunction and swallowing difficulties, including those that can arise after surgery.

Young's research focuses on age-related voice changes, transgender voice concerns and advancing treatment of vocal cord paralysis.

Young earned her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where she also completed a residency in otolaryngology. She then completed a fellowship in laryngology and caring for the professional voice at the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center.

A member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Young chairs its voice committee, is chair-elect of the women in otolaryngology communications committee, and serves on several other of the academy's committees, including the patient safety and quality improvement committee. She is a member of the Society of University Otolaryngologists, serving on its gender disparity committee and as a representative to its board of governors. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, American Laryngological Association and American Broncho-Esophagological Association.

Young also has a passion for medical education. She serves as associate director for UCSF's residency program in otolaryngology, training future ear, nose, and throat surgeons.

  • Education

    University of Louisville School of Medicine, 2004

  • Residencies

    University of Louisville, Otolaryngology, 2009

  • Fellowships

    University of Pittsburgh Voice Center, Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice, 2010

  • Board Certifications

    Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Providing compassionate, outstanding care focused on improving patients' functional abilities and quality of life is at the core of everything I do.

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    241 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 30, 2023
    Nov 28, 2023
    Always cN professional and answered all questions I har
    Nov 12, 2023
    I was very impressed by the entire care staff. We had very good and detailed discussions about my care.
    Oct 28, 2023
    3 care providers in one visit. Whoever did my laryngoscopy was completely rude. She was impatient and never said goodbye at end of the visit. She went into the hallway. I'm a registered nurse of 40 plus years. She was probably on call but that doesn't mean you can treat others poorly because you're tired or overwhelmed. I would like you to please look up her name again she was the physician who performed the laryngoscope
    Oct 03, 2023
    Very good for everything
    Sep 29, 2023
    Follow-up always takes time. Everyone realizes this including me
    Sep 08, 2023
    Very knowledgeable friendly kind compassionate caring.
    Aug 22, 2023
    The two doctors helping me were excellent!
    Aug 17, 2023
    Excellent team
    Aug 11, 2023
    All three providers that saw me during my appointment were amazing. They were thoughtful thorough kind patient and extremely knowledgeable and efficient.
    Jul 23, 2023
    Jul 20, 2023
    So welcoming and considerate!
    Jul 13, 2023
    It was a great experience at this office
    Jul 11, 2023
    Super clinic knowledgeable and delightful staff just wish it were a bit more easily available as I had to wait 2 months for my appt.
    Jun 09, 2023
    It was the best doctor's appointment I have had in years! I want to come back for fun and friendship!
    Jun 01, 2023
    Doctors were caring & also light hearted (which helps me a lot). Clear explanations were provided as well as treatment options. I am fortunate to have these doctors on my team
    May 18, 2023
    Both doctors were amazing! Funny informative and kind.
    May 16, 2023
    The doctor and her team were wonderful. I never did see any results posted on UCSF My Chart
    May 13, 2023
    Apr 29, 2023
    Excellent care!!!!
    Mar 31, 2023
    Was extremely happy with the care and dedication they have towards me and my issues.
    Feb 10, 2023
    One of the best doctors I have ever had the pleasure of being seen by. She took as much time as I needed and explained every step so I understood what she was doing.
    Jan 26, 2023
    My experiences are that I am consistently heard cared for respected and opinions considered.
    Jan 05, 2023
    Dr Young is the ultimate doctor knowledgeable efficient and kind she is very familiar with my care and special needs.
    Dec 17, 2022
    10000% would recommend! Care was excellent!
    Dec 08, 2022
    Communications by the medical team were all clear and thorough. They chose their words carefully and listened to my input. Follow-up questions were pertinent and clarifying. I was clearly with three people who knew their area of expertise and were able to integrate them in order to help me
    Dec 03, 2022
    I'm always impressed by the doctor's blend of professionalism and people skills. She sets a gold standard.
    Nov 20, 2022
    Great the only downside is the wait times
    Nov 17, 2022
    Nov 10, 2022
    Oct 22, 2022
    UCFS is excellent. My chart is a great tool
    Oct 21, 2022
    I was very well cared for in every phase of my experience
    Aug 26, 2022
    Amazing literally like the best doctor I've had very nice friendly and funny.
    Aug 09, 2022
    My problem is in the throat. My exam was on the vocal cords. I still don't understand. I spent 5 months to be examined and just wasted my time. and i have the same problem.
    Aug 04, 2022
    Given UCSF's extraordinary reputation I came to the appointment with extremely high expectations and I was not disappointed in any way at all.
    Apr 10, 2022
    VyVy is excellent! Very professional informative and kind. I felt much more hopeful after her explianation concern and care about my conditions.
    Mar 15, 2022
    All good