About Us

Michal A. Young, M.D., F.A.B.M., I.B.C.L.C., F.A.A.P.
Chairman

Michal A. Young, M.D., F.A.B.M., I.B.C.L.C., F.A.A.P. is the Interim Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Howard University College of Medicine. She also serves as director of the B.L.E.S.S. (Breastfeeding Lactation Education Support Services) Initiative as well as director of the N.I.C.U. and Newborn Services, at Howard University Hospital. She is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine, Class of 1979. Dr. Young completed a rotating internship in Medicine and Pediatrics at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, after which she become professionally encouraged to pursue pediatrics as a career path. Her Pediatric residency was completed at Howard University Hospital in Washington D.C., followed by a fellowship in Neonatology at Georgetown University Hospital. Most of her clinical and academic practice was at D.C. General Hospital, where she was the director of the N.I.C.U. for the last five years prior to the closure of D.C. General Hospital in July 2001. Dr. Young is distinguished with several publications and presentations covering a range of pediatrics and child health topics governing infant care. Her research interests centers around developmental outcomes of the ELBW, HIV perinatal transmission, and breastfeeding education for professionals and parents.

Additionally, Dr. Young is an Instructor for the Neonatal Resuscitation Program, Immediate Past President D.C. Chapter of the A.A.P., a Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinator for the D.C.A.A.P., and a member of the Advisory panel for the U.S. Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. From September 2000 -2003 she served on the USDA Advisory Council on Maternal, Fetal and Infant Nutrition, and in 2001 she was appointed to the International Lactation Consultant Association Advisory Panel.

Dr. Young speaks locally and nationally about the benefits of human milk for human infants and their families. Through her personal experience after the birth of her first child, she became aware that many families knew very little about breast milk and breastfeeding. Her personal experience set her on a lifelong commitment to ensure the education of health professionals as well as lay persons on the benefits of breast milk and breastfeeding.

Mission

The Department of Pediatrics and Child Health is dedicated to training, research and service endeavors that promote healthcare, improve the quality of life and optimize the developmental potential of all children with particular attention to ethnic minorities and the prevention and treatment of diseases prevalent in those populations.