Dr. Andy Yu: Pediatric Society of Greater Dallas Award for Excellence in Pediatric Medicine
After Dr. Andy Yu graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology he got a job working at a health care consulting firm in New York.
“I thought I wanted to be on the business side of the health care industry,” said Dr. Yu. “It was a great learning experience. I learned a lot about how the health care system works here and throughout the world, but I felt separated from the care. I wanted to be a doctor.”
Dr. Yu also was eager to reunite with his parents in Texas, so he was elated when he was informed that his journey through medicine would start at Ut Southwestern Medical School. He is the first physician in his family.
He initially had interest in both family medicine and pediatrics. During his four-year experience as a medical student, he took advantage of the opportunity to explore the full breadth of pediatric medical care, which helped him decide to pursue a career in pediatrics.
“I enjoy working with children and young families because there is often a sense of optimism about their future,” said Dr. Yu. “The children and families have hopes and dreams for what they hope to accomplish, and I feel that pediatricians have an important job in helping them reach their potential by keeping them healthy. Also, a lot of kids have a killer sense of humor, which keeps the job fun.”
Dr. Yu is the recipient of the 2014 Pediatric Society of Greater Dallas Award for Excellence in Pediatric Medicine. The award recognizes an outstanding graduate who has the personal character and dedication to serve, along with being an advocate for children.
Dr. Yu will be doing his residency in pediatrics at his top choice – UT Southwestern.
“Andy is going to be a terrific pediatrician,” said Dr. Soumya Adhikari, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. “When I look at him today, I have to step back and wonder sometimes how he ever considered another career in this industry. But the truth is that some of the skills he learned in that role have shaped who he is today in a meaningful way. He is a natural with kids, and will be a tremendous asset to the residency training program at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. I look forward to calling him a colleague.”
When he is not working, Dr. Yu enjoys playing as well as watching soccer. He played on Ut Southwestern’s intramural soccer team for four years