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About Dr. Katherine C. Yung

Medical Director

Laryngologist in San Francisco, CA

Dr. Yung grew up in Houston, Texas in a medical family that emphasized and nurtured a love of music. Violin, string bass, and choir occupied much of her time outside of school. During her college years, she studied voice under mezzo-soprano “Jennifer Lane” and sang in the Stanford Chamber Chorale, the Stanford Department of Music’s most select choir.

While pursuing her medical studies at Washington University, Dr. Yung (she/her) fell in love with the field of Laryngology, which perfectly meshed her interest in voice, music, and medicine. After residency training, she completed a fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice at the University of California-San Francisco under the mentorship of Dr. Mark Courey MD, a pioneer and leader in the field, who then recruited her to join the faculty of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

During her 10-year long tenure at the UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center, Dr. Yung gained prominence as a clinician, surgeon, educator, and researcher. She was subsequently promoted to Associate Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology, became the acting Director of the UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center, and was also rewarded the highly regarded Sooy Award for Clinical Excellence. She has been invited to give lectures and scientific presentations nationally and internationally and has published numerous manuscripts on her research. She is currently involved in studies on laryngotracheal stenosis, early laryngeal cancer, unilateral vocal fold paralysis, and laryngeal ultrasound, amongst others.

Dr. Yung is a member of the American Medical Women’s Association, the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, the American Laryngological Society, the American Broncho-Esophagological Association, and is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons.

She is married to Kevin, an emergency medicine physician, and together they have two adorable children.

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