Richard Hart Young, MD, c. 1929



Richard Hart Young, MD, c. 1929




The eldest son of George Alexander Young, Sr., MD, Richard Hart Young, MD, was born in Columbus, Nebraska, in 1904. Dr. Young received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1926, and master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln which led to his medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 1930. After graduation, he interned at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and then went on to specialty internships in neurology and psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and Presbyterian Hospital in New York.

After his internships, Dr. Young returned to Omaha and joined his father in practice. Over the course of his career, Dr. Young helped grow the private practice into a clinic in partnership with Harrison Alonzo Wigton, MD, Robert Spencer Wigton, MD, and John A. Aita, MD, PhD, which became known as the WAY Clinic. Dr. Young and his partners were attending psychiatrists at the Omaha area hospitals including Methodist, Lutheran, Clarkson, St. Joseph, and University Hospital.

Dr. Richard Young joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 1933 as an instructor in the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry. He led the department as chair from 1948 until his untimely death in 1953. During his tenure, Dr. Young oversaw the foundation of the Nebraska Psychiatric Unit and, with his father, George Young, Sr., MD, managed the foundation of the Psychiatric Department at Lutheran Hospital. Several facilities have been named in honor of Dr. Young and his contributions to mental health care in Nebraska including the Richard Young Center in Omaha and the CHI Health Richard Young Outpatient Clinic in Kearney.


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