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.