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Jimmy A. Young: Inspiring Greatness This Black History Month

AARC Past President, Jimmy A. Young, MS, RRT began his illustrious career as a Chief Inhalation Therapist at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston in 1960. He later earned his ARIT credential in 1965 and served in several clinical roles, including establishing the Respiratory Therapy Department at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1970 and as an associate professor at Harvard Medical School.  

Along with Dr. Dean Crocker, Young co-authored Principles and Practices of Inhalation Therapy, a textbook that was published in 1970. This textbook was one of the first textbooks published for respiratory therapy. 

His dedication to his patients and respiratory care were unwavering, and he soon became known as one of the most skilled practitioners in the field. 

Throughout his career, Young remained dedicated to his patients and the advancement of the respiratory care field. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Inhalation Therapy, later renamed the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). His leadership and vision helped to pave the way for generations of future respiratory therapists. 

Tragically, Young’s life was cut short in December 1975. In honor of his contributions, the AARC established the Jimmy A. Young Medal, the highest honor given to individuals who have made significant contributions to respiratory care and AARC. 

As we celebrate Black History Month, the story of Jimmy A. Young serves as a poignant reminder of the contributions that African Americans have made to every facet of society, especially in healthcare.  


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