Noted Medical Alumnus, Dr. Lionel Young, Passes Away | Benedictine College

Noted Medical Alumnus, Dr. Lionel Young, Passes Away

Friday, April 26, 2019

Dr. Lionel YoungDr. Lionel W. Young, respected pediatric radiologist, Benedictine College alumnus, and former member of the Benedictine College Board of Directors, passed away in Redlands, California, on April 10, 2019, from complications of heart disease. He received his B.S. degree from St. Benedict’s College, now Benedictine College, in 1953, and went on to earn his MD from the Howard University College of Medicine (1957). Over the course of his career, he became a nationally and internationally recognized leader in pediatric radiology. He noted that it was a wonderful challenge to experience the enormous growth in the 21st century of diagnostic radiology and imaging technology. He retired in 2018 after a career that provided a continuous pattern of challenge and growth for the provision of care for children. Under his leadership, he oversaw the growth and expansion of pediatric radiology wherever he worked.

After completing a rotating internship at Detroit Receiving Hospital and Wayne State University College of Medicine following his MD, he was accepted into radiology training at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. During his residency, he became especially interested in the application of diagnostic and therapeutic radiology to diseases of children and decided to seek additional training in pediatric radiology. However, the Berry Plan, which had deferred his draft into the US military until completion of residency training, temporarily delayed his quest to study pediatric radiology. As a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy, he was assigned to be Chief of Radiology for two years at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in New Hampshire.

Following his discharge from the Navy, Dr. Young joined the staff at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, supported by a two-year fellowship grant for training in clinical pediatric radiology. In Cincinnati, he was also inspired to teach and engage in relevant associated research.

Dr. Young returned to Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester to establish its first Pediatric Radiology Section and to begin a fellowship training program, obtaining yearly grants for the trainees. Dr. Young’s success at Rochester from 1965 to 1975 led to his appointment as Director of Pediatric Radiology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The radiology staff at Pittsburgh included Dr. John Caffey, the pioneer pediatric radiologist.

A particular delight at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital was a visit from Fred Rogers of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood. Dr. Young participated in a segment of “Let’s Talk about the Hospital” that included an x-ray of a boy’s arm. Dr. Young pointed out the findings of a fractured radius and discussed the imaging technique. That video of Episode 1502 remains accessible on PBS replays of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood.

In 1985, Dr. Young left Pittsburgh to direct radiology at Akron Children’s Hospital and to be Professor and Chairman of Radiology at the Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine. In 1991 he took on the challenge of developing a new Pediatric Radiology Department at Loma Linda University (CA) Children’s Hospital, where he served as Professor of Radiology and Head of Pediatric Radiology. He also served on the Loma Linda University Graduate Medical Education committee and as Chairman of the Radiology Academic Advisory Panel.

Highlights of Dr. Young’s academic record include more than 200 publications (journal articles and book chapters), as well as more than 40 visiting professorships in the US and abroad including several in American universities (Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Howard, Johns Hopkins, University of California-Los Angeles, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Oregon).

Dr. Young served as President of the Society for Pediatric Radiology in 1984 and 1985. He was elected to the Gamma chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (1988). He received the Distinguished Service Award for 25 years as Examiner for the American Board of Radiology (2000). He was a fellow of the American College of Radiology; Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and an emeritus member of the Board of Directors of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

Dr. Young was a devoted member of the John P. Caffey Pediatric Radiology Society. He especially cherished two awards for Distinguished Postgraduate Achievement in the Field of Medicine from Howard University. Dr. Young was honored to have his name attached to the Annual Symposium on Pediatric Radiology for the Section on Radiology and Radiation Oncology of the centuries-old National Medical Association. Dr. Young was also an active member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, the first successful and oldest African-American fraternity known as the Boule.

Dr. Lionel W. Young was a brilliant pediatric radiologist who was a champion for the health of children. He loved his family deeply, was a cherished friend and colleague and had a strong faith in God. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report for the past four years as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by the Newman Guide and First Things magazine.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.

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