Chief Medical Officer
Network Medical Management
Dr. Albert W. Young is Chief Medical Officer of Network Medical Management, managing Allied Pacific IPA and 14 other IPAs (Independent Practice Associations) with a total enrollment of 500,000 member lives in seven California counties. He heads a Credential Department that credentials more than 1,500 primary care physicians, and more than 3,000 specialists.
A native of Hong Kong, Dr. Young earned B.A. and M.D. degrees from West Virginia University, and performed post-doctoral training at the University of Southern California, where he completed an internal medicine residency and a fellowship in pulmonary medicine. He obtained a master's degree in public health from the UCLA School of Public Health after practicing pulmonary, critical care and hyperbaric medicine for more than 20 years in San Fernando Valley hospitals. His public health studies led him to his next passion: medical administration and development of policies for population health and for serving the underserved minority population.
In his early days practicing medicine in and around the communities of North Hollywood, Studio City and Burbank, Dr. Young -- through an introduction by Dr. Charles Wilson King and Dr. Joan Wilson King of North Hollywood -- met Dr. Philip Pumerantz, president of what was then the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (now Western University of Health Sciences). Dr. Pumerantz invited Dr. Young to be the preceptor for the externship rotation of three COMP students: Po Long Lew, Bill Lee, and Larry Glass. All three graduated and interned at Burbank Community Hospital and Riverside Hospital of North Hollywood, both of which were D.O.-affiliated hospitals at that time (late 1980s). Dr. Lew and Dr. Lee went on to establish successful practices in the San Gabriel Valley.
Like these physicians and many of his associates, Dr. Young is a loyal supporter of Western University of Health Sciences and its East West Scholarship Fund. He is also a supporter of WesternU medical graduates, especially in the San Gabriel Valley, San Bernardino, and Riverside areas. From his administrative vantage point, D.O.s receive excellent performance appraisals and comprise approximately 30 percent of physicians within the IPAs he oversees.
In addition to his CMO duties, Dr. Young is active in the Utilization Management and Quality Improvement departments. He currently sits on UM/credential/peer review committees of multiple major health plans, and is a fervent "change maker," adapting health care delivery systems to best serve patients in an economically sustainable model.
Dr. Young also participates in a variety of Los Angeles-area charitable and civic organizations, in addition to his efforts on behalf of WesternU. He believes in education, and supports a number of scholarship programs. He is politically active, having supported Asian and other qualified minority candidates for more than 20 years as a founding member of CAUSE (Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment).