Albert Yu, MD
BS, UC Berkeley
Peds Residency, UC Irvine
Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship clinical component, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
Board Certified, Pediatrics
Some would say I had a unique childhood! I spent my early years in San Francisco's Chinatown living above a fortune cookie factory. Then my father decided to accept an engineering job overseas. We moved to the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, and lived in the middle of a jungle for several years. Afterwards, we made another big move to Nigeria, Africa, and lived there for several more years. I was already in my teens by the time we returned to California. Looking back, I am so grateful for those experiences because they helped to develop my appreciation for ethnic and cultural diversity.
Maybe that’s why I attended UC Berkeley, arguably one of the most diverse colleges around. It was an incredible experience going to school there. I was attracted to biology during my studies and did research on plants and animals. During that time I also volunteered at the local Alta Bates Hospital and at the “Suitcase Clinic” for the homeless. Those experiences sparked a passion for the health sciences and for community outreach.
A few years later, I was blessed with the opportunity to learn medicine at UCLA. While training in the art of healing, I found myself drawn to children. I discovered that I enjoyed forming relationships with parents and following kids as they grew. I did extra rotations in pediatrics, volunteered at community clinics, and helped lead our school’s Pediatric Interest Group. Nothing gave me greater pleasure than taking care of children so I knew I had found my calling.
I completed my pediatric residency at UC Irvine and loved it. There, I took care of a good mix of simple and complicated patients and learned Spanish on the job. While training, I became interested in the lungs. I was drawn to the physiology and challenge of pulmonary patients so I pursued a fellowship at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Fellowship was exciting and the consultations I did for children with lung disease kept things interesting. Yet midway through, I realized that I missed general pediatrics and its focus on nurturing the growth and development of children. So after finishing two years I decided to return to general pediatrics. I still have a special interest in the lungs. Now my focus is to enhance the care I can give as a general pediatrician with my knowledge and skills from pulmonary medicine. I am Board Certified in Pediatrics.
My wife, Yvonne, is also a general pediatrician who I met during residency. In our spare time we like to jog, hike, snowboard, and read. We love to spend time in the great outdoors and at the beach. Lastly we have a heart for community outreach and medical missions, volunteering whenever we can. I am extremely happy to be a part of the Bayside family! I look forward to meeting you and providing the best care for your children!
Click here to watch a short video of me talking about why I like Pediatrics.