UC Davis cardiac surgeon Nilas Young will receive the 2012 World of Children Health Award for his international humanitarian efforts to improve pediatric heart care. The award is given each year to a leader in health, medicine or science who has made significant contributions to improving the lives of children.
Young, who is chief of cardiothoracic surgery at UC Davis Health System, is being recognized for his work with Heart to Heart International Children's Medical Alliance. He co-founded the organization in 1989 to recruit and train U.S. cardiac specialists to develop self-sustaining surgery centers for Russian children born with congenital heart defects. Under Young's leadership, Heart to Heart International Children's Medical Alliance has saved the lives of more than 13,000 children and improved the health of thousands more.