2018 Hall of Fame Inductee
Music and school politics is the stuff that makes medical researchers; or, in the case of Stephen Young. At Topeka High Dr. Young was on Student Council as Speaker of Representative Council, but he was also Concert Master in the student orchestra. From THS Young went to Princeton University where he majored in history and the philosophy of science. His next stop was Washington University in St. Louis for his medical degree. Though trained as a cardiologist, he became more interested in medical research, in particular regarding pediatric diseases. His primary focus is “Lipid Metabolism and Progeria, which is a rare genetic condition that causes accelerated aging in children.” Presently a Professor of Medicine at UCLA, he has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and in 2010 won the Ernst Jung Medical Award from Germany. Dr. Young has written or co-authored scores of articles in books and journals and in 2010 was honored by the Topeka Capitol-Journal as a Kansan of the Year for his medical research achievements.