Bruce K. Young, MD, is internationally known as a leader and innovator in obstetrics and gynecology. Over his 40-year career, he has pioneered countless clinical innovations and national standards that have revolutionized maternal-fetal care.
Dr. Young has had positions of leadership throughout his academic career. After serving as chief of obstetrics and director of the infertility service at the Wilfred Hall United States Air Force Hospital, the major teaching hospital in the United States Air Force, Dr. Young returned to the New York University (NYU) Medical Center as Chief of Obstetrics at Bellevue Hospital and held that position from 1970 to 1995. In 1976 he began the Bellevue midwifery service. It was the first hospital based midwifery program in NY. He served as its first medical director working with successive nurse midwives to develop and expand the service for 20 years, leaving a thriving and successful program, which is a model of its kind. In 1975, he became one of the first three certified maternal fetal medicine specialists in New York. As such, he founded the Division of Maternal and Fetal Medicine at NYU, establishing the first fellowship in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU. This was the first maternal fetal medicine fellowship in the city of New York and has been continuously recognized as an outstanding fellowship program up to today. He continues to serve as director, and now has a division of twelve maternal fetal medicine specialists, one of the largest in the country.
He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, more than a dozen invited book reviews and book chapters and two books. He is an editor of two international journals and has lectured worldwide, including in Heidelberg, Munich, Berlin, and Münster in Germany, Zürich and Basle in Switzerland, Montreal in Canada and has been visiting professor with a named lectureship at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia , Baylor University in Houston , Columbia University in New York and Wayne State University in Detroit. He has earned numerous awards from his resident days onward, beginning with the Barton Award as the honor resident in his year, the Hirsch-Weill-Caulier Career Scientist Award, the American Medical Association Award for Outstanding Presentation at the national meeting, the March of Dimes Award in Medical Education, the March of Dimes Award for Distinguished Voluntary Service in the prevention of birth defects, March of Dimes Award for Outstanding Voluntary Leadership, a dedicated issue of the Journal of the Bellevue Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, the Distinguished Alumnus Award for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the NYU School of Medicine and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Award for Outstanding Achievement, among others. In 1995, he was appointed Silverman Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology an endowed professorship at the NYU School of Medicine.