DR. SHERRI A. YOUNG, D.O., FAAFP
Dr. Sherri Young is currently the Associate Chief Medical Officer to the CAMC Health Network and the Interim Executive Director and Health Officer of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. KCHD is the largest and first PHAB Accredited Health Department in West Virginia. Dr. Young and her Unified Health Command Team have been tirelessly working on the COVID-19 Pandemic response for more than 18 months. The team has been recognized for their extensive work through the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department (KCHD), in collaboration with the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority (KCEAA), Kanawha County Commission, City of Charleston, Charleston Fire Department and the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office. They have been featured in TIME magazine, the New York Times, Bloomberg, the Washington Post and STAT Media for the team’s COVID-19 response.
Dr. Young has received several awards including the 2021 West Virginia Family “Doc” of the Year from the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians, the 2021 We Love Our Community Awards for Servant Leadership from the Charleston Area Alliance, the Angel Award, from Senator Joe Manchin for her work in COVID-19 response and a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from Senator Shelley Moore Capito. She also received a Certificate of Appreciation from13 News Gives Back/West Virginia American Water, for COVID-19 response. Other awards include the Public Health Merit Award from the West Virginia Public Health Association, the Preceptor of the Year Award for Clinical Faculty, from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, the Above and Beyond Award for Outstanding Service, from Holzer Health Systems and the Aetna Appreciates You Award in recognition of exemplary leadership and vigorous work ethic within these companies.
In 2019, her colleagues elected her to be the President of the West Virginia State Medical Association, the State’s largest medical society. She is also the Past President of the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Young has served many leadership positions in the past. Most notably, she was the first State Immunization Officer for West Virginia. She also served as Medical Director for Keystone Peer Review Organization, Aetna/Coventry commercial and Medicare divisions, and the University of Charleston Physician Assistant program. Prior to her administrative roles, she was in clinical practice.
Dr. Young has authored many peer-reviewed and opinion articles on issues of note to public health and medicine. She has extensive experience with hundreds of professional education presentations, providing CME for her peers at the local, state, national, and international levels.
She is the proud mother to her 14-year-old daughter Gabi, with whom she is the co-author of a children’s book, “Lucky,” published in June 2019. “Lucky” is a sweet story about a little girl finding her cat after losing her home and all her belonging in a tragic house fire. This is based on their family’s true-life tragic story of how they narrowly escaped death from their home explosion. Dr. Young is the also the author of “Blessed: A Family’s Struggle to Rise from the Ashes,” published in January 2020 by Westbow Publishing. This is a biographic account of the events leading up to, the moments of narrow escape from, and the months of rebuilding following the family tragically losing everything in this home explosion.
Dr. Young received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2003. She then completed her Residency in Family Medicine at Charleston Area Medical Center. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Young graduated Summa Cum Laude from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She is currently a candidate for her Master of Business Administration (MBA), Class of 2022, from Brandeis University, in Boston, Massachusetts.