Patrick E Young


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Director of Digestive Disease Division
Location: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Precancerous Conditions of the Gastrointestinal Tract
Medical Education
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Undergraduate - Unites States Naval Academy - BS, Chemistry 1993
Medical School: Vanderbilt University - MD 1997
Internship/Residency - Internal Medicine, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth 1997-1998/2002-2004
Fellowship - Gastroenterology, National Capital Consortium 2004-2007
- Therapeutic Endoscopy, University of Maryland 2006-2007


CAPT Young received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the United States Naval Academy, where he was awarded the Karl Montor Prize in leadership, in 1993. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from Vanderbilt University, where was awarded the Albert Weinstein Prize in Medicine, in 1997. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA in 1998. After graduating at the top of his flight surgery class in 1999, he was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 106, the F/A-18 Fleet Replenishment Squadron for the East Coast, at NAS Oceana, VA
He returned to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in 2002 and completed his Internal Medicine residency in 2004. He then transferred to the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD for his Gastroenterology Fellowship. During the third year of this fellowship, he spent nine months at the University of Maryland, Baltimore MD, training in Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy. During his senior year of fellowship, he was Captain of the Gastroenterology Jeopardy team which won the National Championship at the American College of Gastroenterology’s Annual Scientific session, besting 140 programs from across the nation. He graduated from Gastroenterology Fellowship, and was selected the Internal Medicine Fellow of the Year, in 2007. After graduation, CAPT Young deployed to Expeditionary Medical Facility Kuwait, where he served as the sole gastroenterologist for the forces deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He returned to the National Naval Medical Center in 2008 and assumed duties as the Associate Program Director for the National Capital Consortium’s Gastroenterology Fellowship. Also in 2008, he was named Director of Clinical research, directly overseeing the conduct of over 20 research protocols. In 2010, he was selected as the Director of Medical Operations for the USNS COMFORT. He deployed in support of Continuing Promise 2011, a humanitarian Mission serving nine partner nations in Latin America and the Caribbean. In this role, he oversaw the care of 66,000 patients, facilitated 1,100 surgeries, and coordinated veterinarian care for over 3,500 animals.
In 2012, he was selected as the Program Director for the fellowship Program at the National Capital Consortium, the largest Gastroenterology in the Department of Defense. From 2012-2015, he served as the Specialty Leader for Navy gastroenterology. He continues to be actively engaged in clinical research where his areas of focus are Barrett’s esophagus and the detection and prevention of colorectal cancer.
Captain Young is board certified in Gastroenterology. He has attained Fellow status in the American College of Physicians, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He holds an appointment as an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences where he is currently the Director of the Digestive Diseases section.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Fellowship Program Director, Gastroenterology, National Capital Consortium: 2012-2017

Vice Chair of the Board of Governors, American College of Gastroenterology: 2013-Present

Specialty Leader, Gastroenterology, US Navy: 2012-2015

Director of Medical Operations, USNS COMFORT: 2010-2012

American College of Gastroenterology Board of Governors' Service Award - 2016

Master Clinician Designation - 2015

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Internal Medcine Mentorship Award - 2015

American College of Physicians Master Teacher Award - 2014

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Mentorship Award -2014

Brooks D. Cash Award for Gastroenterology Research - 2014


Singla MB, Kwok RM, Young PE. “The Ergonomics of Endoscopy”. American College of Gastroenterology’s Education Universe. Accepted February 2017.

Thota PN, Vennalaganti P, Vennelaganti S, Young P, et al. Low Risk of High-Grade Dysplasia or Esophageal Adenocarcinoma Among Patients With Barrett's Esophagus Less Than 1 cm (Irregular Z Line) Within 5 Years of Index Endoscopy. Gastroenterology 2017 Apr;152(5):987-992.

Pathirana IN, Albert D.M., Young, P.E. et al. Colorectal Cancer Screening: a North American Point of View. Curr Colorectal Cancer Rep (2016) 12: 241. doi:10.1007/s11888-016-0330-9

Moawad FJ, Young PE, Gaddam S, et al. Barrett’s Esophagus Length is Established at the Time of Initial Endoscopy and Does Not Change Over Time: Results from a Large Multicenter Cohort. Gut. 2015 Dec;64(12):1874-80.

Singh, M, Anaparthy R, Young PE, et al. Clinical Outcomes of patients diagnosed with indefinite for dysplasia in Barrett's esophagus: results from a multicenter cohort study. Endoscopy. 2015 Aug;47(8):669-74.

Young PE, Womeldorph CM, Johnson EK, et al. Early detection of colorectal cancer recurrence in patients undergoing surgery with curative intent: current status and challenges. J Cancer 2014.15;5(4):262-271.

Young PE, Womeldorph CM. Colonoscopy for colorectal cancer screening. J Cancer 2013; 4(3): 217-226.

Young PE, Gentry AB, Acosta RD, et al. In Systematic Review, Endoscopic Ultrasound Does Not Accurately Stage Early Adenocarcinoma or High-Grade Dysplasia of the Esophagus. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2010 Dec;8(12):1037-41.

Young PE, Kikendall JW. Pill Induced Esophageal Injury. In: The Esophagus 5th edition. Ed. D. Castell and J. Richter, Chapter 38, pp. 707-723.