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Growing up in the early 1960s, Lynda Young, M.D., FAAP, assumed she had only three career options: nursing, teaching or working as a secretary.
But at age 16, she took a job as a nurse’s aide at a local hospital and her outlook changed. She saw what doctors did and she knew she wanted to do it, too. She confided as much to her uncle, who was an obstetrician, and his wife, a nurse.
“The two of them said medicine was no profession for a woman, which only made me more determined,” Dr. Young said.
That determination has come to define a trailblazing career that includes a successful private practice, countless advocacy efforts, awards and myriad leadership positions. It also put her on a path toward her current endeavor as a nominee for...