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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
    199 Ratings
    About our process
    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
    Jan 14, 2022
    Dr Young is always kind and gives me excellent care
    Nov 02, 2021
    Efficient informative and kind.
    Oct 20, 2021
    Dr Young listened!!! That is a very important skill for a doctor; she asked questions and SHE LISTENED. She was professional knowledgeable and efficient with our time. Very productive visit!!!
    Sep 29, 2021
    Exceptional attentiveness! The team are all very good listeners and communicators.
    Sep 03, 2021
    Efficient professional and caring
    Jul 29, 2021
    Dr Vyvy Young is great. My daughter who accompanied me on this visit said "I really like her mom"
    Jul 22, 2021
    She's wonderful; great sense of humor
    May 21, 2021
    Both my doctors that day were great
    May 19, 2021
    Dr. Young was wonderful. Kind courteous and professional and she has a great attitude!
    May 06, 2021
    I let others pick their own providers
    May 02, 2021