Kue Young was born in Hong Kong where he attended primary and secondary schools. He moved to Canada in 1966 to pursue post-secondary education. He received his BSc and MD degrees from McGill University, followed by an internship at the Toronto General Hospital. He has also obtained an MSc degree in community health from the University of Toronto and a PhD in biological anthropology from Oxford University. He is a certified specialist in community medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.
Dr. Young has worked as a primary care physician, health administrator, and academic researcher in indigenous communities in northern Canada and other circumpolar regions. He has held many academic leadership positions in Canada, including Head of the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Professor and TransCanada Chair in Aboriginal Health at the University of Toronto, and since August 2013, Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Young has published over 150 scientific articles and seven academic books. His contribution to medicine has won him many academic honours and awards, among which are the Senior Investigator award of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the induction as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2009, and the appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2010 for his lifetime contributions to improving the health of Aboriginal people.