Biography

Dr. Young is a native of Topeka, Kansas, and practices at the RMCC Penrose Cancer Center Office in Colorado Springs. He currently serves as the medical director of the Penrose Cancer Program and chair of the Centura Health Care Cancer Committee.

Dr. Young Is a founding member of the Penrose Breast Multidisciplinary Conference and Thoracic Multidisciplinary Conference.

Specialties

Dr. Young’s specialty interest is management of patients with breast cancer, but he also sees patients with thoracic and head and neck malignancies, and a wide variety of adult cancers and hematology disorders. He is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.

Interests

My first love is my family, including my wife of 32 years, Sarah. I have three grown children, one an English literature teacher and PhD candidate in Los Angeles, one an interior designer in New York and one an officer candidate in the U.S. Army.

While my first priority continues to be patient care, I am heavily involved as a physician-leader of the Penrose Cancer Center, presently the second largest provider of cancer services in the State of Colorado, with a goal of improving cancer services and treatment outcomes for Colorado Springs and Southeastern Colorado. I am a member of the First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, where I occasionally do some Old Testament teaching. I serve on the Board of Southeastern Colorado Komen for the Cure (supporting local breast cancer services) and the Board of Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care. My hobbies include gardening, reading (fiction and nonfiction), hiking and fly fishing.

Education & Background

Undergraduate: BA, Harvard College 
Medical School: MD, Duke University
Additional: Masters Medical Management, Tulane University
Postgraduate training: University of California San Francisco (internal medicine) and University of California San Diego (medical oncology)

Prior to moving to Colorado Springs in 2003, Dr. Young practiced with Cancer Care Associates in Tulsa, Oklahoma for 21 years. He has done clinical research in ovarian cancer, lung cancer and breast cancer, and was on the clinical faculty at the University of Oklahoma. He has multiple peer-reviewed publications in medical oncology. While in Tulsa, he served as president of the Medical Dental Staff at Saint Francis Hospital and was president of Cancer Care Associates, a physician organization with 40 cancer physicians and 15 sites of service across the state.

Other

With maturity, I have come to realize that the “art” of medicine is equally important as the science, that I am listener, coach and advisor, rather than director. Cancer medicine at its best is a team endeavor. My real heroes are the patients and their families, who daily touch me with their strength and love of life and for one another. I am also heavily indebted to the staff and physicians of Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers and Penrose Cancer Center, who teach me something each day and make me a better physician.

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