Since 1952, Dr. Young has practiced internal medicine in Hyde Park. He is a Clinical Professor of Preventive Medicine and Community Health at the University of Illinois Medical Center. He graduated from Northwestern Medical School in 1948 and did his residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. From 1972-1981, he served as Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Cook County. From 1943-45, he served in the U.S. Army and later in the U.S. Public Health Service.
In addition to his long career as a practicing physician, Dr. Young has been a leader in public health policy and medical and social justice issues for more than fifty years. In 1951 he was a founder of the Committee to End Discrimination in Chicago Medical Institutions. In the 1960’s he served as National Chairman of The Medical Committee for Human Rights. He has also been an American Medical Association member since 1952.
In 1980, Dr. Young founded the Chicago-based Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, a group that addresses the health needs in Illinois; he is currently Chairman. Dr. Young volunteers as the National Coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), a national research and education organization with more than 13,000 members representing every state and specialty. PNHP was founded in 1987 and has physician spokespeople across the country who advocate for a single-payer national health program.
In 1997, Young was inducted as a Master of the American College of Physicians. In 1998, he served as President of the American Public Health Association. He also served on the American College of Physicians' Health and Public Policy committee and chaired its subcommittee on Human Rights and Medical Practice. He is also featured regularly as the medical commentator on WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio.