Medical School: University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Psychiatry Residency: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Dr. Kathryn “Kay” Yung was born in a tiny town in Cornwall, England. Her dad, a Marine aviator, was stationed with the Royal Navy near Helston. Raised in North Carolina near the ocean, she attended Appalachian State University because of her love for the Blue Ridge Mountains.
She matriculated to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for medical school, but then New England beckoned. She completed psychiatry residency and addiction psychiatry fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and is board certified in both psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. She moved to Maine after finishing training and for many years cared for Mainers and their families in a variety of settings, from community based clinics to hospitals.
During the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Kay wanted to give back in a very particular way to those who were serving. She joined a clinically excellent civilian team at Balboa Naval Medical Center in San Diego to provide acute and long-term care for those returning from deployments with severe multi-trauma and addiction issues. She was on the psychiatry faculty during her tenure there and was humbled to have won a number of teaching awards presented to her by the residents.
She is delighted to join the wonderful team at MDFMR and to be back in Maine. She knows that it is critical to train physicians to care for the whole patient, attending to their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Likewise, as a teacher Kay recognizes the importance of supporting the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of resident physicians while providing them with rigorous training opportunities.
When not working, Kay can be found bicycling in the summer, snowshoeing in the winter, and creating tile and glass mosaics on old surfboards year round. She, her wife (a heart transplant nurse), and four great dogs live in a passive solar house as close to off grid as they can manage without missing any televised Red Sox games.