Dr. Erica Young joined the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine as an Instructor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Division, on July 1, 2021. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and she received her medical degree from Washington University. After completing residency training in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital, she returned to St. Louis for fellowship training in cardiovascular disease at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Following her clinical training, she completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Nathan Stitziel at the McDonnell Genome Institute. Dr. Young’s research utilizes computational techniques to study the inherited basis of complex cardiovascular disease.
She is currently analyzing whole genome sequencing data from multi-ethnic populations to understand how genetic variation impacts risk of coronary artery disease. Her work aims to advance our knowledge of the biological mechanisms underlying heart disease, leading to the development of more effective therapies. During her research fellowship, she was accepted into the Dean’s Scholars program, which provides financial support and mentorship for early-career physician-scientists who conduct basic science research. In addition to research, she is actively involved in the inpatient management of patients with cardiovascular disease. Dr. Young is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, and her clinical interests include cardiovascular genetics, general cardiology, and coronary artery disease. Over the course of her clinical and research training, she has contributed to the education and mentorship of medical and graduate students, as well as residents and fellows.