Contact Information:
VA Puget Sound Health Care, Renal Dialysis Unit, 111A
1660 S. Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108
Phone: (206) 277-3586
Fax:  (206) 764-2022

Education and Training:
Masters Public Health, Epidemiolgy
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

General Internal Medicine Fellow, HSRD
VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Seattle, WA

Nephrology Fellowship (1990-94)
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Chief Medical Resident
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Medicine Residency
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Medical School
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Site of Practice:
VA Puget Sound Health Care System


bessie young, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology
Adjunct Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Health Services
Core Investigator, Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center

Clinical Interests

  • Home Dialysis
  • Diabetic Nephropathy
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Glomerulonephritis

Research Interests

  • Home hemodialysis: New technologies, survival, cardiac arrest, and quality of life
  • Racial and ethnic differences: Dialysis outcomes, diabetes, CKD
  • Diabetic nephropathy: Racial and ethnic differences in access to care, quality of care, progression of care, progression/survival, and other outcomes
  • Glomerulonephritis: Mechanisms, outcomes, predictors of progression

Current Research

  • VA Pathways: Evaluation of racial and ethnic differences in progression of kidney disease in veterans with diabetes
  • Team Care: NIH-sponsored randomized trial to determine the benefit of collaborative intervention to improve outcomes in a primary care cohort with diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • Increasing Kidney Awareness Network: NIH R01 to develop effective transplant educational material to increase transplant awareness among minority populations
  • Home Hemodialysis: Primary cohort to determine benefit of daily home therapy versus conventional home hemodialysis

Learn more about Bessie Young's research

Selected Publications:

Pub Med provides a list of Dr. Young's research publications.


  • Dialysis Advisory Group, American Society of Nephrology, 2010-2013
  • UW Office of Multicultural Affairs, Charlie Garcia Service Award, 2007
  • Women of Color, Excellence in Science, 2006
  • National Association of Minority Medical Educators (NAMME) Award, 2005
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Community Action Award, 2004
  • Robert Wood Johnson Harold Amos Faculty Development Fellowship, 2002-06
  • American Diabetes Association Career Development Award, 2001-06
  • Community Service Award, University of Washington School of Medicine, 2000

National Responsibilities

  • Dean's Standing Committee on Minority Faculty Affairs, 2011-present
  • NIH-NIDDK Network of Minority Research Investigators (NMRI) Oversight Committee, 2004-present
  • Editorial Board, Current Diabetes Reviews, 2004-present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology and Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

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