Memorial Health System (MHS) is pleased to announce our new General Surgeon, Christopher Young, M.D.
Dr. Young attended the University of Sydney where he received his M.B.B.S. (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) in 1987. From 1997 to 1999, Young completed a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. During this time his son was born, which ultimately played a part in their family’s return to the states all these years later. In 2006, Young earned his M.S. (Master of Surgery), also from the University of Sydney. Over the last 30 years, Dr. Young has gained an extensive list of accomplishments to include active roles in surgical education, research, and administration. He has authored more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and his textbook, “Examination Medicine: A Guide to Passing the FRACS Examination in General Surgery” is widely used among the surgical trainees.
Dr. Young left Australia with raving reviews from his peers and students, and no surprise he was one of Australia’s leading General and Colorectal Surgeons given his strong work ethic and undeniable compassion towards his career.
Dr. Young wanted to be a doctor since he was 11 years old. He said his family was very religious and strict, and though he may not have appreciated it as a child he does now. “My parents constantly reminded me of the importance of service to our fellow man and woman and to make the most of the short time that is given to us on earth,” Young said. With that reminder from his parents, Young became the doctor he is today. “I truly believe that I can make a difference in the world, even if only in my backyard. So you will find that even if I may occasionally despair, I will never stop believing or trying to make a difference and improve the lot of my patients and fellow man by my service. I feel very lucky to not only get to do something that I enjoy immensely, but something that helps other people.”
Young and his family arrived in July, and since then he has spent time getting acquainted with his new home and work environment. When asked how he enjoys things so far, he said, “Abilene has some of the nicest and kindest people I have ever met. It is a peaceful town with good people, and that is exactly what we were seeking. My son, wife and I are all very happy and we hope to return the kindness shown towards us.”
The Dickinson county community is very fortunate to have a surgeon like Dr. Young join Memorial Health System, and he is sure to make his mark here in Abilene as well!
For more information, or to schedule an appointment to see Young, please contact Heartland Health Care Clinic at (785) 263-4131.