Amy Young, MD

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Amy Young, MD

Chair of Women's Health


Dr. Amy Young is the inaugural Chair of the Department of Women's Health, and a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.

She was most recently the Abe Mickal Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. At LSU she also served as the Center Director of Surgical Services of the Interim LSU Public Hospital, Vice President of the LSU Healthcare Network (HCN) Board of Directors, and chair of the LSU HCN Clinical Practice Leadership Group. She is the recipient of the 2013 Leadership Award at the Interim LSU Public Hospital.

Dr. Young graduated with degrees in Chemistry and Biology from Vanderbilt University, and then matriculated at the University of Mississippi Medical School in Jackson. After earning her MD degree and taking a year-long leave of absence to live in Venezuela, she completed her internship at Emory University and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Young is a native of Jackson, Mississippi, has three children and is fluent in Spanish.

Prior to LSU, Dr. Young served at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston as the Vice-Chairman of the Department Obstetrics and Gynecology after founding and directing the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Education.  She also served as the department’s Program Director and Director of Medical Education, and was awarded the Henry and Emma Meyer Chair in medical education. Institutionally, she served as the Vice-Chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee; was appointed by Baylor to serve as service chief for Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Harris County Hospital District’s Ben Taub Hospital, a Baylor-affiliated hospital; and was the Director of Operations, Affiliated Medical Services-Baylor, a 400-employee entity providing physicians to the Harris County Hospital District.

A nationally known educator, Dr. Young is the immediate past president of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics. She has served Texas as Vice-Chair and Chair of District XI of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In addition to educational research, Dr. Young has a wide range of clinical research experiences. She has been funded to explore Uterine Artery Embolization as an alternative to hysterectomy and most recently served as co-principal investigator on work exploring Group B strep colonization and its effects on the neonate.  She has also performed language validation work with regard to the Pelvic Floor Network patient instruments. Recent publications include quality and hysterectomy, ambulatory gynecologic surgery, and surgical efficiency.

Dr. Young and her husband Charles Shumaker have three children, Rebecca, Alex and Olivia. In her spare time, Dr. Young enjoys cooking with a specialty in southern food and desserts. She and Charles along with their youngest daughter Olivia are excited to make Austin their home.