Meet Dr. Sarah Younger

Dr. Sarah Younger MD, FAAP, IBCLC is a pediatrician at University of Missouri Women’s Hospital and Birthing Center, where she specializes in Neonatology and pediatric palliative care. Dr. Younger is a newer member of MOAAP and looks forward to receiving support from MOAAP, advocacy opportunities, and CME and networking events with fun colleagues.

Learn more about Dr. Younger in her own words:

Why did you decide to join MOAAP?

I joined MOAAP because “that’s what you do” but quickly realized the power of this group. When I complain about the state of pediatrics in Missouri, I know that I am doing everything in my power to make beneficial changes through MOAAP.

What has been your proudest moment as a pediatrician?

I have been blessed with the opportunity to come alongside families in their darkest hours through my work in NICU and palliative care. Having a family seek me out several years after their child died to tell me that they think about me and pray for me daily, and that our services made the unimaginable a bit easier absolutely made me exceptionally proud of the work we do as pediatricians and as a team to support these families.

What is your go-to song to get you motivated for the day?

There are so many songs that motivate me!  Music is one of my favorite forms of therapy.  I love “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson and “Surrounded” by Michael W. Smith

What is the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?

Do what makes you happy. It doesn’t matter how much money you make, how much prestige you have, or who knows your name. What matters at the end of the day is that you are satisfied and happy and feel good about what you do.

What does advocacy mean to you?

Advocacy is fighting for “the little guy” and making sure that those who can’t fight for themselves have someone else to fight for them.

When you’re not working, how do you enjoy spending your time?

I love to read (pretty much anything except suspense) and craft. I make glitter tumblers, t-shirts, and paper crafts for friends as a form of therapy.