Jacob Young

Jacob (Jake) Young, MD

Neurosurgery Resident

Jacob (Jake) Young, MD is a neurosurgery resident at the University of California, San Francisco with an interest in neurosurgical oncology and immunotherapy. He is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Societies, respectively. In medical school, under the guidance of Maciej Lesniak MD, his translational research focused on designing and investigating novel viral and immunological agents for the treatment of high-grade gliomas. In the Okada Lab, he is investigating the tumor-mediated immunosuppression in the context of glioma-neuronal functional remodeling, and he is studying the ability of focused ultrasound to enhance immunotherapy delivery. Additionally, he is interested in clinical trial development and is contributing to the translation of Okada Lab discoveries to active clinical trials at UCSF for patients with glioblastoma. He partners his laboratory work with clinical research exploring how to optimize functional outcomes and minimize complications after surgery for intrinsic brain tumors with direct electrical stimulation and brain mapping, where he works closely with mentors Shawn Hervey-Jumper MD, Manish Aghi MD PhD, and Mitchel Berger MD. 

Email: jacob.young@ucsf.edu

Education and Training

2012, B.S. in Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, NC
2017, M.D., University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Selected Awards

2021, Donald O. Quest Award, American Association of Neurological Surgeons

2020 – 2022, Chan-Zuckerberg Physician-Scientist Fellow 

2021, Harold Rosegay Award, San Francisco Neurosurgical Society 

2020, UCSF Exceptional Physician Winner 

2019, Howard Naffziger Award for Excellence in Patient Care, Department of Neurosurgery, University of California, San Francisco 

2018, Krevans Award for Excellence in Patient Care, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital