Department of Otolaryngology

VyVy N. Young, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology
  • Associate Program Director, Otolaryngology Residency Program
  • Associate Director for Otolaryngology Medical Students

​VyVy Young, MD is an Assistant Professor and Associate Residency Program Director in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Young received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Louisville, in Louisville, Kentucky, where she also pursued her Otolaryngology training. Drawn to taking care of patients with voice difficulties due to her own talkative nature, she completed a fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice at the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center.  Her clinical practice covers all aspects of laryngology including disorders affecting voice, breathing, coughing, swallowing, and other throat symptoms, although her current research efforts focus on the aging voice, vocal fold paralysis, and voice outcomes research. 

Education & Training

  • University of Louisville- BS, Biology, summa cum laude
  • University of Louisville, MD
  • University of Louisville, Otolaryngology Residency
  • University of Pittsburgh, Laryngology Fellowship

Representative Publications

Young VN, Zullo TG, Rosen CA. Analysis of laryngeal framework surgery: 10-year follow-up to a national survey. Laryngoscope.  2010 Aug; 120(8): 1602-8. PMID: 20641080

Young VN, Rosen CA. Arytenoid and posterior vocal fold surgery for bilateral vocal fold immobility. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 2011 Dec, 19(6):422-7. PMID:  21986801

Young VN, Smith LJ, Sulica L, Krishna P, Rosen CA.  Patient tolerance of awake, in-office laryngeal procedures (AIOLP):  a multi-institutional perspective.  Laryngoscope 2012 Feb;122(2):315-21.  PMID: 22147563. Included in The Laryngoscope Clinical Highlights 2012.

Young VN, Rosen CA, Smith LJ. Voice Outcomes Following Unilateral Vocal Fold Paralysis. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2013 Mar; 122(3):197-204. PMID:  23577573

Young VN, Rosen C, Smith L.  Comparison of Tolerance and Cost-Effectiveness of Two Nasal Anesthesia Techniques for Trans-Nasal Flexible Laryngoscopy. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Apr; 150(4) 582–586.  PMID: 24496740

Ingle JW, Young VN, Smith LJ, Rosen CA. Prospective Evaluation of the Clinical Utility of Laryngeal Electromyography. Laryngoscope. 2014 Dec;124(12):2745-9. PMID: 24715712

Young VN, Mallur PS, Wong AW, Mandal R, Staltari GV, Gartner-Schmidt JL, Rosen CA. Analysis of Potassium Titanyl Phosphate  Laser Settings and Voice Outcomes in the Treatment of Reinke’s Edema. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol.  2015 Mar;124(3):216-20.  PMID:  25169585

Young VN, Rosen CA, Gartner-Schmidt J. Comparison of Voice Outcomes After Trial and Long-term Vocal Fold Augmentation in Vocal Fold Atrophy. Laryngoscope.   2015 Apr;125(4):934-40. PMID: 25646841

Akbulut S, Gartner-Schmidt J, Gillespie AI, Young VN, Smith LJ, Rosen CA. Voice outcomes following treatment of benign midmembranous vocal fold lesions using a nomenclature paradigm.  Laryngoscope. 2016 Feb;126(2):415-20. Doi: 10.1002/lary.25488. Epub 2015 Sep 25. PMID: 26404117.

Rosen CA, Mau T, Remacle M, Hess M, Echel HE, Young VN, Hantzakos A, Yung KC, Dikkers FG. Nomenclature proposal to describe vocal fold motion impairment. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2015 Jun 3. Doi: 10.1007/s00405-015-3663-0. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:  26036851.

View Dr. Young's most current publications.

Research Interest Summary

Vocal fold atrophy, Vocal fold paralysis, Voice outcomes, Vocal fold paralysis, Vocal fold lesions (polyps, cysts, nodules), Vocal fold atrophy, Vocal fold cancer, Spasmodic dysphonia/essential tremor of voice, Airway stenosis/subglottic stenosis

Research Interests

Dr. Young's Research and Clinical Interests include:

  • Vocal fold atrophy

  • Vocal fold paralysis

  • Voice outcomes

  • Vocal fold paralysis

  • Vocal fold lesions (polyps, cysts, nodules)

  • Vocal fold atrophy

  • Vocal fold cancer

  • Spasmodic dysphonia/essential tremor of voice

  • Airway stenosis/subglottic stenosis

  • Vocal process granulomas