Ernlé W.D. Young, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics
Ernlé W.D. Young earned both his B.A. and M.A. degrees at Rhodes Univerity, Grahamstown, South Africe, in 1959 and 1962, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, in theological ethics, graduating in 1971. After returning to South Africa, the land of his birth, he became actively involved in working against the apartheid system, and left the country at the end of 1973.
Stanford recruited him at the end of 1973, and he arrived at the beginning of 1974 to begin developing a program in biomedical ethics in the Stanford University School of Medicine and Chaplaincy Department in the Stanford University Medical Center. He became a citizen of the United States in 1979. At the end of 1989, he co-founded the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics, of which he continues to be co-director, relinquishing his role as chaplain to the medical center in order to devote all his time to the field of biomedical ethics. He teaches the basic and advanced Medical Ethics Courses, the Responsible Conduct of Research Course, and the ethics portion of the Preparatory Clinical Medicine Course in the Stanford School of Medicine. He also participates in teaching courses throughout Stanford University. Dr. Young chairs the ehtics committees of the Stanford University Hospital and the V.A. Medical Center in Palo Alto and serves as the ethics consultant to the Veteran's Administration VISN21, the V.A. in Palo Alto and the V.A. in Fresno. In 1984 he was a Visiting Fellow at Green College, Oxford.
Dr.Young is co-author of A Time to Be Born, A Time to Die: Ethics and Conflicts in An Intensive Care Nursery, and the author of Alpha and Omega: Ethics at the Frontiers of Life and Death. He co-authored and edited a book, Ethics and Perinatology: Issues and Perspectives, for the Oxford University Press. He is the author of numerous chapters and original articles.
06/1994 Richard W. Lyman Award, Stanford Alumni Association
10/1993 John P. McGovern Medal Award, American Medical Writers Association
06/1993 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology
04/1990 John J. Conley Lectureship Award, American Society for Head and Neck Surgery
10/1982 Fellowship Award, World Rehabilitation Fund, New York, to study "Societal Provision for the Long-Term Needs of the Mentally and Physically Disabled in Britain and in Sweden, Relative to Decision- Making in Newborn Intensive Care Units".