Katherine Yung, MD

Associate Professor
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About Me 

Katherine C. Yung, MD, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology in the Division of Laryngology at the University of California, San Francisco’s Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS). Dr. Yung received her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and completed her General Surgery internship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. She then completed an Otolaryngology residency at Washington University, followed by a Laryngology fellowship from UCSF.

One of Dr. Yung’s current research interests is the obstruction of the upper airway caused by laryngotracheal stenosis (LTS). Treatment of LTS continues to present a challenge and a wide array of surgical techniques have been employed. Despite multiple endoscopic and/or open reconstructive procedures, patients often experience restenosis as a result of the abnormal wound-healing process that initially instigated the airway obstruction. Dr. Yung and her colleagues are currently enrolling patients for this study. Other interests include the efficacy of ultrasound in observing vocal fold mobility, long term outcomes after unilateral vocal fold paralysis treatment, and various ongoing retrospective studies, reflecting the diverse research opportunities in the field of laryngology.

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 the American College of Surgeons. She has been invited to present at over 30 international and national presentations, and she has published over 15 original articles.

Airway, Voice, and Swallowing

Endoscopic microlaryngeal surgery including the treatment of laryngeal and tracheal stenosis, early larynx cancer, recurrent respiratory papillomas, benign and malignant vocal fold lesions, and vocal fold paralysis

Professional Interests:
Use of lasers in laryngology, office-based endoscopic laryngeal surgery, management of laryngotracheal stenosis, and treatments for unilateral vocal fold paralysis

Education and Training:
• Medical School: Washington University, St. Louis, MO
• Internship: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO – General Surgery
• Residency: Washington University, St. Louis, MO – Otolaryngology
• Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco – Laryngology

Awards and Honors:
• 1998 Phi Beta Kappa
• 1999 National Institutes of Health Summer Research Fellowship
• 2002 Alpha Omega Alpha
• 2003 American Medical Women’s Association Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation
• 2013 Letter of Commendation for outstanding reviewer for The Laryngoscope
• 2013 AAO-HNS Model Committee Award for Distinguished Service