VALE: Dr Alan Young, Blacktown and Westmead cardiologist

Dr Alan Young and Westmead Hospital cardiology department head Dr Robert Denniss.

A pioneering cardiologist in western Sydney, Dr Alan Young passed away earlier this month at the age of 96.

He started at Blacktown Hospital in 1965 as a physician and then a cardiologist.  He was also appointed as one of the three inaugural cardiologists at Westmead Hospital in 1979.

The Epping resident retired from formal hospital duties at age of 65 in 1989, but continued to support cardiology by assisting with quality assurance activities and regular donations for cardiology research.

Westmead Hospital cardiology department head Dr Robert Denniss said Alan’s clinical skills, ability to perform echocardiograms in the early days, regular teaching and mentoring of junior staff, and active participation in clinical research projects inspired the next generation of cardiologists in the west.

“He was a very humble man despite all his accomplishments and will be dearly missed,” Robert said.

“When Alan was at home and on-call for any medical emergencies, he would wear his business shirt and tie when he mowed his lawn – just in case he was called in to work.” 

Westmead Hospital has named a research fellowship in his honour, the “Dr Alan Young Fellowship”.  This fellowship program will continue to award Westmead cardiology researchers on a competitive basis.

Retired Blacktown and Westmead cardiologist Dr Robert Abraham said Alan was one of the most outstanding physicians he had been fortunate to meet.

“He set an excellent, consistent standard of service that was an example to so many.”

Alan leaves behind his wife June and four children.

Rest in Peace.